Cristina portrait side on in studio

Cristina de Miguel

Paintings as records of the body and time.

“Paintings have the right to be anything the painter wants them to be.”

Vivaciously expressive paintings by Cristina de Miguel are full of playful drama. Elastic female bodies bend and stretch, alongside a host of hybrid creatures. Mermaids, animals, mythic beasts. Figures meld into the background – making the environment as important as individuality. The artist works in lots of ways. But in general, she creates a thin background wash which dries overnight. Then she...

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Cristina de Miguel was born 1987 in Seville. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Early Years

De Miguel loved painting since she was a child. Seville, where she grew up, was inspirational. Full of sunshine and colour. During her undergrad, she was taught in a very classical and academic way. To find her own style, she returned to the freedom of childhood, a source of inspiration for many modernist painters also.


De Miguel's methods of working in her studio are indicative of the fact that she sees life and painting as synonymous. She is committed to regular working hours but also likes to take dance breaks to "keep the spirit alive." This spirit is palpable in her work.

Collaborations with Cristina de Miguel