Ralph I Miller

"Leveraging the passions of gestures is the basis for creating decisively charged, exceedingly textured and shamelessly whimsical impressionistic paintings. It is at once experimental, and often unexpected, incorporating influences from my life, and decades of creating immersive installations."

Resist - Acrylic and Ultraviolet Paint with sensored sound on canvas 64 x 90 cm

Ralph I. Miller is a visual and experiential artist of Nicaraguan heritage. He began painting as a young boy. Ralph is influenced by 20th century Dominican Republic artists, Peña-Defilló (“Papo”), Perez, and Cruz. Growing up between Managua, Santo Domingo and Miami, Ralph embraced a Caribbean color scheme of bright blues, yellows, greens and reds. Ralph explores a wide range of media and styles—including collage, mixed media, photography and paintings in acrylic and oil.

His work explores concepts of merging and combining shapes, forms, and colors—concepts of coming together and breaking apart—oftentimes deconstructing a piece into a number of smaller, interrelated yet independent works. The physical act of separation and intersecting fluidity symbolizes everyday life as it diverges from the norm. Broad imaginative strokes prevail among constructed and deconstructed substrates creating even more layers of dimension, texture and imagination.

Shapes 2 - Acrylic on canvas 68 x 84 cm
Under the Haitian Sun - Acrylic on canvas 42 x 42 cm
Up Against the Wall in Payne's Grey - Acrylic on Canvas with sensored sound 94 x 68 c
City of Fallen Angel - Acrylic on canvas 63 x 90 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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