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.