Miguel Sopena became an artist after completing a part-time Foundation course in Art and Design at Brighton City College and later training as a traditional figurative painter at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London. As as a lifelong art lover Miguel’s interests are not limited to observational painting and the human figure and since leaving school he has been busy developing an abstract painterly language, sometimes as a response to the immediate environment, sometimes growing out of the world of memory and emotion.
In his work, Miguel is inspired by artists like Wassily Kandinsky or Paul Klee, who succeded in conveying extraordinary emotion through an amazing abstract or semi-abstract language, and also by creators like Rembrandt or Antoni Tàpies who saw the painting medium itself as a plastic object to be experimented with. Even though Miguel considers himself primarily a painter, that thirst for experimentation leads him to work with a broad variety of media including drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking.
Miguel grew up in Valencia, Eastern Spain, but is now based in Croydon.