Miguel del Rey

YEAR 1991
MEDIUM Sculpture


Sculptor and Draftsman

Miguel del Rey Vergara is a figurative artist who was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Miguel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, earned a Sculpture Certificate from the Art Students League of New York, and was the recipient of a scholarship to study sculpture at the Academia di Belle Arti Carrara in Italy. Miguel’s artwork has been widely exhibited and he has received numerous awards, including the Figurativas 2019 Purchase Award from the European Museum of Modern Art, the Walter & Michael Lantz Prize in the Richard McDermott Miller Sculpture Competition, and the Ann & Bruno Luchesi Grant from the Art Students League. Miguel was honored to be selected as a semi-finalist out of thousands of submissions for the Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition hosted by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.


Plaster | 70’ H x 25” W x 25” D | 2019

Venus of Astoria

Plaster | 3’ H x 30” W x 30” D | 2018
Education —

2019 Academia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Carrara, Italy, Intensive Sculpture program.

2019 Art Students League NYC, USA, Sculpture Certificate.

2018 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, B.F.A.

2008 Manga-spirit, Madrid, Spain, Comic & Illustration Certificate.

Statement —

The human figure has its own language, making it one of the most complex forms a sculptor can attempt to represent. I explore the body as a vehicle to communicate ideas and emotions, and I am interested in presenting the human figure in ways that incorporate both realism and abstraction. The nude figure, stripped of elements such as identity, time and place, focuses the viewer’s attention on what it is to be human. The interplay between what is depicted versus what is cropped or simplified creates a dialogue, while rhythm and composition juxtapose areas of tension and calm.

I try to be aware of my state of mind during the creative process, letting my emotions and intuition lead the way while sculpting, going beyond the physical manipulation of material. Confidence is a huge factor. When confidence is induced in the sculpture, the form flows in space in a convincing way. Even the less-refined parts should show this confidence in their abstraction. Sculpting is a process that feels like an interior spiritual meditation- a mindful, intimate relationship that is externalized in the final product.

My work is meant to be enjoyed or judged based upon its aesthetic attributes. Input from the artist and written supporting statements are not needed.