Born 1980 in New York, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA
Miguel Angel Payano Jr. is an Afro-Caribbean American artist working between Beijing and New York. With a visual vernacular that is informed by American, Caribbean, and Chinese cultures, Payano creates works that oscillate between painting and sculpture, investigating class, identity formation/socialisation, and storytelling. His transcultural surrealist sensibilities bind aesthetics with humour and grotesqueness.
Until recently, Payano had been primarily based in China, where he lived for nearly two decades. In addition to exhibiting throughout China, he has also exhibited in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. Payano’s works are in major collections in China and Italy.