Miaz Brothers & their take on Old Master paintings

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Miaz Brothers - Master 8, 2013, 190x140cm, Acrylic on canvas
Miaz BrothersMaster 8, 2013, 190x140cm

Published: December 16, 2016

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The Miaz Brothers present a drastic new interpretation of portraiture, as the siblings, create large-format canvases using spray paint in a unique new way. Their series with the Masters focuses on the historic and notable figures from the time of the English Restoration1 while evoking a new take on the Masters.

Why did they use spray paint?

They explain that the use of spray paint is representative that we, as humans, “are composed of infinite particles in continuous evolution”. The spray paint creates a blurred effect that expresses the duo’s work: “dematerializing the lines, we gain a substantial indetermination of the picture. This skips any immediate reaction and provokes the viewer to use mnemonic associations instead for their own personal visual information encoding.”

What makes these works stand out?

The Miaz Brothers have a very particular method to their art; their style elements are dichotomized and further enact the concepts of temporality and transcendence. The Miaz Brother’s paintings are made up of large haunting portraits, of ghostly figures that are only just visible. These works are based on the Old Masters2, and with little more than that information, the viewers are given all that is needed to complete the narrative.


Their otherworldly work is without a doubt evocative and highlights our transitory actuality and the interchange that is existence. The Miaz Brothers also bring into conversation the many ideas surrounding perception and how each person’s perception varies from person to person so drastically. Every viewer sees precisely what they want or need to when viewing the portraits, whether they see a historical figure, or someone they know, each person projects their own associations and perceptions on to the blurred canvas. This is what is so refreshing about the Miaz Brothers, they don’t tell you what to see, think, or feel- it is up to you to interpret the artwork, and no matter how you do, you are right.


Miaz Brothers - Young Woman 2, 163x130cm
Miaz BrothersYoung Woman 2, 163x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Young Man 6, 130x99cm
Miaz BrothersYoung Man 6, 130x99cm

Miaz Brothers - Young Man 2, 163x130cm
Miaz BrothersYoung Man 2, 163x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Old Master 16, 2014, 130x100cm, Acrylic on canvas
Miaz BrothersOld Master 16, 130x100cm

Miaz Brothers - Old master #31, 2014, 162x130cm
Miaz BrothersOld Master 31, 162x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Old master #30, 2014, 162x130cm
Miaz BrothersOld Master 30, 162x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Old master #19, 2014, 162 x 130 cm
Miaz BrothersOld Master 19, 2013, 162x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Old Man 4, 162x130cm
Miaz BrothersOld Man 4, 162x130cm

Miaz Brothers - Lady F, 2014, 162x130cm
Miaz BrothersLady F, 2014, 162x130cm

All images by Miaz Brothers/miazbrothers.com unless otherwise noted.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Restoration
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Master
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