A Studio Visit with Miguel Luciano

A sit-down with Miguel makes us question some stereotypes and challenge our ideas.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Miguel Luciano, a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Miguel Luciano received his MFA from the University of Florida. His works have been exhibited extensively in nationally and internationally with exhibitions The Smithsonian of American Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, NY; Zverev Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow.

During our visit, he discussed a sampling of works including “Pimp My Piragua”, “Amani Kites”, and “Porto Rican Cotton Picker.” Miguel’s works — whether it be public art, sculpture, large-scale installation or paintings– challenges the assumption of the viewer to dispel cultural myths and stereotypes. In the end, most viewers leave his work with a changed mindset, new perspective, and the idea that we are more alike than we are different.

One of our favorite works shared by Miguel is the public art project, “Pimp My Piragua.” This project engages the local community by using a hybrid bicycle — shaved ice cart or “piragua.” The “piragua” is equipped with a high-grade sound system that plays videos and music that ranges from traditional salsa to old-school hip-hop and R&B. The artist rides the bike around Brooklyn communities in the summer and adults and children who engage in the art are taken back in time to the “good ole days” that Miguel remembers.

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Jessica Stafford Davis

Author: Jessica Stafford Davis

The Agora Culture launched in July, 2013 with a private reception in Mclean, Virginia for Mequitta Ahuja, a world-renowned mixed media artist. Subsequently, she co-curated her first exhibition, “Women as Color Light and Form”, with the Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition was a part of Network Exhibition Sondheim awards for the 2013 Artscape festival, America’s largest free arts festival. Jessica currently serves on the board at The Washington Project of the Arts and the George Mason University School of Art Council.

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