10 QUESTIONS WITH THE MIAZ BROTHERS, EXHIBITING AT LAZINC, MAYFAIR
Cover image: Miaz Brothers - Lady, 2017.
From 16th March - 21st April 2018, Mayfair's Lazinc will present sixteen new works from the Miaz Brothers - Italian artists born in Milan in 1965 and 1968, now based in Valencia. We recently caught up with the brothers to discuss art, Mayfair and family working relationships!
1.) How would you describe your art work to someone who has never seen it before?
In one word; surprising! It is a collision of reality, feelings and impressing. Our work is an encouragement of perception and interpretation.
2.) What is your disciplinary background? Did you study creative subjects?
We have always lived in a creative way; we have spent our whole life working on projects. For us creativity was not necessarily about studying it was about putting in the energy to create things. We had the opportunity to work with our father's carpentry business, but we preferred to be more creative and carve our own path. It was a different life to our friend who worked in their family business. We were the brave ones to break away from this as a result of this we suffered the consequences - a break in our family and of course the financial struggles! We studied a little bit of design and we have also worked as freelancers which gave us the freedom to create works.
3.) Can you explain why you named the body of work the “Antimatter” series?
It is a very logical name because the word antimatter for us, describes the intent to speak about the ideas we had about the concepts of human nature. It also alludes to things that are there but are not always visible, we want to point out the things that we as humans do not always see and what people are not always conscious of.
4.) Your subjects are presented completely out-of-focus. Was this an intentional venture when you began?
Originally, it was not the idea to do something out of focus but we wanted to create something that when you looked at it you felt as though you could connect to it. We had the concept first, and then we discovered how to show this to others and our technique allows this. It took us about 30 years of research and experimenting to come up with this style but it is now the begging of further development of both this style and our philosophy.
5.) Have your life experiences so far contributed to your artwork in any way?
Always, our art work is completely based on our experiences. As people we are made of what our experiences! Our artwork is based on what we have discovered and it is our belief that has got us to where we are now.
6.) The people in your paintings are terribly mysterious. What qualifies someone to become a muse of The Miaz Brothers?
This is difficult! We do not have muses! The people in the works are not specific, they are made up of lots of people and are inspired by lots of different characters and personalities.
7.) What's it like working so closely with a sibling?
It is the only way we can work, we have the same end goal and we rely on each other to help us get there. The research and work comes from us both, we are a team. We have been close from childhood.
8.) What do The Miaz Brothers bring to the Mayfair art scene?
We hope to bring something that is inspiring to other people, we hope that our working processes might be useful to others and perhaps it might give them a new way of thinking about art. We hope that our work will reach out to people's imagination to change their perception.
9.) When you're not busy working on art, how do you like to spend your time in London?
We are always busy when we are here, mainly working. But when we are not we like to walk around London! It is great to see a city on foot. And eat fish & chips!
10.) Can you describe your artistic practice in 3 words?
Inspiring, experimental and considerate.