Avila's work is indebted to the breathtaking depth and variety of the art of his native Mexico. Simultaneously weaving the story of the cultural borderlands of Mexico and Texas he inhabits with all its dynamic frictions and creative impulses. Avila's pictorial story telling seems to take off where some of the great novels of Magic-Realism end. Aided by his superb draftsmanship, Avila depicts a post linguistic reality that references the fever dreams of the great surrealists as well as a deadpan precisionist irony. Avila's take on reality is both fantastic and precise. Using his colorful autobiographical memory, he creates a pictorial cosmos that is realistically rendered, yet allows for multiple plausible interpretations. His iconic images aim to make emotional contact with the viewer and leave him "speechless." - Volker Eisele


Bio

  • Self-taught artist and taco connoisseur.
  • Born in California, raised and educated in Mexico. Miguel lives in Houston Texas with his wife and two sons. 
  • Studied Architecture and International Relations at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Currently working with Art, Visual Communication, Signage/ Wayfinding and Architecture in Houston. 

Exhibitions

  • LAWNDALE ART CENTER 'THE BIG SHOW 2017'. Juror: Toby Kamps, Director Blaffer Art Museum. July 7-Aug 12, 2017 / Houston, TX
  • Avant Art - Product Runway REVENTION MUSIC CENTER. April 22, 2016 / Houston, TX
  • Irony and Ambiguity RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. March 7-April 11, 2015 / Houston, TX
  • The Realist Impulse RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. Nov 17/12 - Jan 15/13 / Houston, TX
  • Texas Contemporary Art Fair Oct 19,20 2012 / Houston, TX     
  •  2012 Hunting Art Prize Finalist FRIEDKIN CORPORATE CAMPUS, GULF STATES TOYOTA. April 28, 2012 / Houston, TX
  • 5 X 7 2012 Austin Museum of Art (AMOA). April 2-22, 2012 / Austin, TX
  • Currents RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. Oct 19-Dec 3, 2011 / Houston, TX     
  • MIGUEL ANGEL AVILA Solo exhibition at RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. Sep 16-Oct 15, 2011 / Houston, TX   
  • 2010 Hunting Art Prize Finalist FRIEDKIN CORPORATE CAMPUS. May 1, 2010 / Houston, TX      
  • Evidence RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. Nov 21-Jan 2, 2010 / Houston, TX      
  • 4 Scenarios RUDOLPH BLUME / ARTSCAN GALLERY. Dec 17-Feb 9, 2009 / Houston, TX    
  • 5 X 7 2008 ARTHOUSE AT THE JONES CENTER. May 17-June 1, 2008 / Austin, TX
  • INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR BARCELONA 'SWAB' May 15-18, 2008 / Barcelona, Spain
  • GALERIE OPEN 'STOCKARTIST I - PLUG IN'. Oct. 12-Nov. 11, 2007 / Berlin, Germany
  • ARTCAR MUSEUM 'WAR'. Sept. 8-Dec. 20, 2007 / Houston, TX
  • CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO 'ARTISTAS HISPANOS DE HOUSTON'. Aug. 1-Sept. 7, 2007 / Houston, TX
  • LAWNDALE ART CENTER 'THE BIG SHOW 2007'. Juror: Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. July 13-Aug. 18, 2007 / Houston, TX    
  • NEW AMERICAN TALENT 22 (NAT 22) ARTHOUSE AT THE JONES CENTERJuror: Anne Ellegood, Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. June 2007-spring 2009 / Austin, TX (on tour around Texas through the spring of 2009)
  • 5 X 7 2007 ARTHOUSE AT THE JONES CENTERMay 19-June 3, 2007 / Austin, TX
  • PROYECTO DE ARTE 19731990 - La muerte del Dictador (Net.art) Curated by Ramón Muñoz Coloma. Dec 10, 2006 / Chile
  • CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO 'ARTISTAS HISPANOS DE HOUSTON'. 2nd Place Painting. October 5-26, 2006 / Houston, TX
  • WAVES ART GALLERY 'GRAPHIC AND DRAWING' 2006 Part I. Curator: Raju Sutar. September 1-10, 2006 / Pune, India
  • LIVE OAK ART CENTER 2006 ANNUAL JURIED ART EXHIBITION. Juror: Richard Stout. May 20-July 15, 2006 / Columbus, TX
  • 5 X 7 2006. ARTHOUSE AT THE JONES CENTERMay 20-June 4, 2006 / Austin, TX
  • VISUAL ARTS ALLIANCE 23rd Juried Open Show. Juror: Sally Sprout. Honorable Mention Award. May 11-June 17, 2006 / Houston, TX
  • SUPERSTITIOUS STUDIO "Fight Fire with Fire", Benefit Art Show. April 8, 2006 / Houston, TX
  • 1ST AMERICAN ART PAINTING CONTEST (Juried) Casa de la CulturaMarch 2-26, 2006 / Monterrey, N.L., México
  • Shortlisted for ENCUENTRO NACIONAL DE ARTE JOVEN 2006 (Juried) March 2006 / Aguascalientes, México
  • BIENNALE INTERNAZIONALE DELL'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA Dec. 3-11, 2005 / Firenze (Florence), Italia
  • LAWNDALE ART CENTER Museum District. Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos. Nov. 3, 2005 / Houston, TX
  • HERITAGE PLAZA BUILDING (Downtown Houston) Solo Exhibition. Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2005 / Houston, TX
  • THE STUDIO GALLERY The Everybody Show. October 8-22, 2005 / Houston, TX
  • LESSEDRA GALLERY World Art Print Annual 2005. National Palace of Culture. June 1-11, 2005 / Sofia, Bulgaria
  • AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Art by Architects Juried Exhibition. One Houston Center. April 1-30, 2005 / Houston, TX
  • CROSTINI Solo exhibition, Jan 4-March 1, 2005 / Houston, TX
  • BTDESIGN ART GALLERY Exhibition, September 1-30, 2004 / Faenza, Italia
  • POLVO ART STUDIO Terrorist Art 2: Election 2004, September 3-25, 2004 / Chicago, IL
  • ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART PICANTE!: Latino Influence on American Culture. Curated by Cecilia Hutchinson Reynolds. May 21-July 10, 2004 / Athens, GA
  • CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION National Prize Show 2004, May 3-June 24, 2004 / Cambridge, MA., U.S.A. Selected by Mr. Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
  • NOCHE COCINA Y BAR at Montrose, Solo Exhibition, April 14-June 1, 2004 / Houston, TX
  • VISUAL ARTS ALLIANCE 21st Juried Open Show. Williams Tower Gallery. April 19-May 21, 2004 / Houston, TX
  • ARTISTS SPACE Night of 1,000 Drawings, November 2003 / New York, NY
  • ART LEAGUE HOUSTON Juried Open Show 2003, (Dr Robert Card & Karol Kreymer, jurors)Oct. 30-Dec. 13, 2003 / Houston, TX
  • LIMNER GALLERY Avenue of the Americas. Juried Spring Salon 2003, April 12-May 3, 2003 / New York, NY
  • RICHARDSON CIVIC ART SOCIETY 37th Annual Regional Juried Art Show. Asel Art Supply Award. April 7-May 2, 2003 / Dallas, TX
  • PLANO CENTRE Selection from PAA, November 4-22, 2002 / Plano, TX
  • PLANO ART ASSOCIATION Members Show 2002. Art Co2 Solidarity Award and 2nd place Acrylics. October 1-31, 2002 / Plano, TX
  • ME VUELVO A MORIR Solo Exhibition: Todo en todas direcciones. October 2-11, 1998 / Monterrey, N.L., México
  • CIB - ITESM MONTERREY CAMPUS LIBRARY Solo Exhibition: Revelaciones. August 13-26, 1998 / Monterrey, N.L., México

Publications

  • 2012, Michael K. Corbin, "ART FOR THE PEOPLE: A COLLECTOR'S JOURNAL", AuthorHouse.
  • 2008, Michael K. Corbin, "THE ART OF EVERYDAY JOE: A COLLECTOR'S JOURNAL", AuthorHouse.
  • 2003-2004, Jeremy Sedley, "NEW ART INTERNATIONAL", Book Art Press, New York.