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Miguel Sopena

Miguel Sopena

The Heatherley School of Fine Art (Diploma in Portraiture , 2015)

'Art does not reproduce the visible- Rather, it makes visible' -Paul Klee

Miguel Sopena is an artist and photographer originally from València, Spain, but now based in Croydon, South London.

Miguel felt the pull of art as he prepared to complete his doctorate in theoretical Physics at Sussex University in Southern England. Miguel went through a bit of an existential crisis as he realised he didn't want to pursue a career in research. By coincidence (or perhaps not), Miguel started drawing and painting, and soon knew he had found his vocation. Miguel combined obtaining his PhD with a 2-year part-time Art and Design Foundation programme, then completed a 2-year, skills-based portraiture diploma at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, where he learnt in depth about traditional oil painting and the human figure.

An eclectic and highly experimental artist, Miguel started working in an abstract language soon after graduation. At the moment, Miguel's painting practice is mainly abstract, exploring themes of memory, identity, and the passage of time, with special attention to composition, colour, and the expressive possibilities of the materials he works with, including a love of texture and surface work.

Miguel has established a solid track record of exhibiting his work and participating in international residences (in Finland, Bulgaria and Istanbul). After past experimental solo shows (in London in 2017, Istanbul 2018) and many group exhibitions, his last solo show of recent abstract work (supported by an Arts Council England project grant) ran at the Stone Space in East London in December 2022.

90 × 120 × 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
120 × 90 × 2 cm
  • £2,500.00
100 × 75 × 2 cm
  • £1,600.00
100 × 75 × 2 cm
  • £1,600.00
30 × 30 × 4 cm
  • £300.00
36 × 27 × 4 cm
  • £300.00
36 × 27 × 4 cm
  • £300.00
40 × 30 × 1 cm
  • £300.00
30 × 25 × 1 cm
  • £300.00
30 × 25 × 1 cm
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30 × 25 × 1 cm
  • £300.00
30 × 25 × 1 cm
  • £300.00
200 × 150 × 1 cm
  • £5,000.00
200 × 150 × 1 cm
  • £5,000.00
200 × 150 × 1 cm
  • £5,000.00
90 × 120 × 3 cm
  • £2,500.00

Exhibitions

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A Tale of Two Cities Croydon Fri, 12/01/2017 to Wed, 01/31/2018
Babylon Arts Summer Open 2021 Ely Thu, 08/05/2021 to Mon, 08/30/2021
Candid Arts Summer Salon 2019 Fri, 07/19/2019 to Tue, 08/04/2020
City Life London Fri, 10/11/2019 to Sun, 10/20/2019
Contemporary Landscapes London Tue, 06/25/2019 to Tue, 07/09/2019
Croydon Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018 Croydon Tue, 11/20/2018 to Sat, 12/08/2018
Dulwich Art Group and School exhibition of drawings and paintings London Fri, 02/08/2019 to Sat, 02/16/2019
Dulwich Art Group Annual Exhibition 2018 London Sat, 05/12/2018 to Sun, 05/13/2018
English Riviera Summer Open Exhibition 2021 Torquay Mon, 07/05/2021 to Sun, 08/29/2021
Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2019 Kingston-upon-Hull Fri, 02/01/2019 to Sun, 04/14/2019
Ferens Gallery Open 2021 Kingston upon Hull Sat, 07/24/2021 to Tue, 08/03/2021
Ferens Gallery Open 2022 Kingston upon Hull Sat, 02/19/2022 to Mon, 05/02/2022
Form and Movement London Sun, 06/01/2014 to Sun, 06/15/2014
Journey into the Unknown London Wed, 11/10/2021 to Sun, 11/14/2021
Lockdown Sheffield Wed, 07/07/2021 to Sat, 07/17/2021
Locked & Loaded Worldwide Thu, 10/01/2020 to Fri, 01/15/2021
Makers Mark Sheffield Sat, 07/13/2019 to Sat, 08/24/2019
Positive Emotions Crayke Fri, 04/05/2019 to Sun, 05/05/2019
Positive Emotions Crayke Fri, 04/05/2019 to Sun, 05/05/2019
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open 2020 Birmingham Thu, 03/05/2020 to Sat, 04/04/2020
SerfnTurf part 1 Leeds Fri, 01/11/2019 to Sun, 01/27/2019
Sing, O Goddess, the Wrath Istanbul Sat, 09/01/2018 to Sun, 09/30/2018
Small Works Torquay Mon, 04/12/2021 to Sat, 05/08/2021
Society of Scottish Artists + Visual Arts Scotland Open 2019/20 Edinburgh Sun, 12/22/2019 to Thu, 01/30/2020
Supporting the Arts 2021 Exhibition online Wed, 09/01/2021 to Thu, 09/30/2021
Symbol Sheffield Sat, 11/23/2019 to Sat, 01/04/2020
Town Hall Open 2018, Trowbridge Sat, 07/21/2018 to Sat, 09/15/2018

Awards

Arts Council England Project Grant Arts Council England Winner 2022
BP Portrait Awart 2016 BP Portrait Award Nominated For 2016
The Heatherley Prize for Printmaking 2015 The Heatherley School of Fine Art Winner 2015
Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN14 Brighton Photo Fringe Nominated For 2014
Phoenix BlowUp 2013 commission Phoenix Brighton Winner 2013

Press

Publication Title Job Title Date
Croydonist Q&A Mon, 09/27/2021
ART LOVE magazine issue 1 Tue, 08/03/2021
FLUX Review Q&A Thu, 05/20/2021
Southwark News Journey into the Peckham Unknown Sat, 10/31/2020
Milliyet Tasarım Bakkalı’nda Miguel Sopena Wed, 08/22/2018
Islington Exhibits 2014 blog Wed, 10/15/2014
Kensington and Chelsea Today Tue, 07/22/2014

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