Graduated in Visual Arts at the Fine Arts National Academy San Alejandro (1996), studied in New York at the Rockefeller Scholarship (1997) and specialized in Industrial Design at the High Institute of Design in Havana. Worked as a scenery painter for the Cuban National Ballet Company, and for the Production Department of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC). Michel Mirabal’s work and message is internationally applauded for its ability to express both the beautiful and harsh sides of our global reality. Its resilience resonates all over the world. This Flag series is a colorful and stunning representation of national flags and Michel’s infatuation with the USA from a Cuban perspective.
The painting of the flag he brought to the US embassy inauguration in Cuba is available at the Aspen Art Gallery.
He represents in his paintings national symbols made out of flowers and bullets.
His Art is on the First MasterCard usable in the Country of Cuba.
Michel Mirabal’s work and message is internationally applauded for it's ability to express both the beautiful and harsh sides of our global reality. Its resilience resonates all over the world. This Flag series is a colorful and stunning representation of national flags and Michel’s infatuation with the USA from a Cuban perspective. They are painted on wooden boards, either blackened with charcoal or covered with newspaper. A closer look at those pieces opens the path to deep and meaningful interpretations. Why Rice, Barbed wire, keys, or bullet shells? From the darkest of tragedy can come the most stunning expressions of light. Michel is continual seeking symbols that overcome barriers. To freedoms, differences of religion, political systems and physical barriers. He reminds us how the glue of humanity is much stronger…how we are all connected. He knows how to break it down to the most simple ingredients. Things that every one, from all walks of life, will understand and identify with. Simplicity and unity are everything for him...A man of the people, a creative genius motivated by empathy, kindness and love.
MICHEL MIRABAL ABOUT PROUD I - Acquired by one of our dear collectors.
"This is an Artwork I did in Aspen Colorado. The inspiration was the glorious American people, since I come from a country that is constantly talking about things that I discovered are wrong.
I realized that the people of the United States are heroes and great patriots. I was inspired by the greatness of the United States and especially with its people. I wasn't so much by the decisions of its government: what fills me with pride is that when they have an international conflict they all come together, no matter if they are republican or democrats... They all come together for their country and that is its pride."
Our superstar from Cuba is 'Michel Mirabal’. In June 2017 we flew him to Aspen in order to create the first Artwork he ever did in the US. Check out what he did!
Michel Mirabal graduated in Visual Arts at the Fine Arts National Academy San Alejandro (1996), studied in New York at the Rockefeller Scholarship (1997) and specialized in Industrial Design at the High Institute of Design in Havana. Worked as a scenery painter for the Cuban National Ballet Company, and for the Production Department of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).Through its reflective of Cuban flags, created from petals and barbed wire paints, he expresses. The questioning of the official speeches, the play with patriotic symbols and the metaphors through real elements such as rice, bullet casings, and barbed wire, are some of the resources used to create reflective pieces, open to different interpretations in dependence on whoever contemplated.
Private Collectors and Public Collections:
– Mohamed Ali
– Donald Trump
- Barrack Obama
– Angela Mizzoni
– Martin Luther King Foundation
– Afro-American Foundation, NY, USA
– Quincy Jones
– Carlos Santana
– George Nader
– Rockefeller Museum, NY, USA
– Rockefeller family, NY, USA
– Rene Preval, Haiti President
– Fidel Castro, Havana, Cuba
– Bellas Artes Museum, Havana, Cuba
– Bellas Artes Museum, Medellin, Colombia
– Gabriel García Márquez
Main collective exhibitions
2016 art basel, miami
2016 gallery alberto linero, wynwood, miami
2016 I bleed, I fight and I survive, Havana, Gran Havana, Alicia Alonzo.
2016 I bleed, I fight and I survive, Havana, Cuba flag
2015expo latin american panamerican games, canada
2015 biennial of havana
2014 expo collection national council plastic arts museum of shangay urban planning exhibition
2013 expo collection of the national council of plastic arts, cuba
2013 expo this man is my friend, council of state of the republic of cuba and conference center
Of the Council of State, Cuba.
2012 gallery of jessolo, venesia, italy, series flags.
2011- Tour USA, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami.
2010- Tour USA, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami.
2009- Collective Expo collection National Council of Plastic Arts. National Theater of Cuba.
2009- Artbo Fair, Bogota, Colombia.
2008- Concert of the Villagers, theater Acapulco, performance Cuban flag.
2007- Soul Gallery, Toronto, Canada. 10 Cuban artists.
2006- The Gallery branch, Lisbon, Portugal.
2005- Meliá Varadero Hotel, Matanzas, Cuba. Art and Fashion.
2005- Museum of rum, Havana, Cuba. Art and Fashion.
2005 - Salon 485 Anniversary of the foundation of the town of San Cristobal de la Habana.
2004- Miami, Florida. Underground.
2004- Bethlehem Convent, Havana, Cuba. Christ among us.
2003- The Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Ten contemporary Cuban artists.
2001- Gallery The golden branch, Panama City, Echoes of Cuba.
2000- Dominican Republic. Third drawing room.
- René Preval, President of Haiti - Cultural Foundation, Martha _Jean Claude, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Council of State, Republic of Cuba - Family Fidel Castro, Havana Cuba - Museo Bellas
Arts, Medellín, Colombia - Bellas Artes Museum, Bogotá, Colombia - Gabriel García Márquez -
Muhamed Ali - Angela Mizzoni - Martin Luther King Foundation - African American Foundation for New
York, USA - Quincy Jones - Santana --Mike b fernandez- carlos gutierres -ariel pereda- andres
Fanjul - paul l cejas - anoten sehnoui - stongate bank, barack obama -
Embassy of usa in havana - embassy of cuba in otawa canada -
Main personal exhibitions
2016 personal expo at home of sugar mogul, andres fanjul palm beach, florida.
2016 art for first American mastercard to use in Cuba
2015 expo in gallery rene valdez, foundation cawayo, santiago de cuba
2015 expo concert with carlos varela, at the magnate's house, mike fernandez
2015miami art basel
2014 photographic expo, galiano gallery, havana cuba
2014, mural in wynwood, miami florida
2014 miami art basel
2013 gallery cuban art center, chelsea, new york.
2012 cison museum of valmarino, venetto, italia.serie flags
2011 Bienal de La Habana 2012 Complaints and Suggestions, complex Morro Cabaña.
2011 Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, NYC, USA
2010 / 11- USA Tour, Los Angeles, NYC, San Francisco, MIami.
2010-Museo cisión de valmarino, Venezia.
2010 - Gallery jessolo, Venezia, painting and freedom.
2009- 10m to biennial of Havana, here escaping.
2009 - Duvuells Gallery, Paris.
2008 - Sandals Gallery, London.
2008- Marbella, Spain. Fair Marbella.
2008- Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana. Identity.
2007- La Rama Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal. Quick and not furious.
2007- Palma de Mayorca, Spain. Expo Feria Art Cologne.
2007- Santander, Spain. Cantabria Gastronomic.
2006- O Y, Gallery, Miami, Florida. The story that suits us.
2006- Mirage, Gallery. Paris, I saw her.
2005- Buenos Aires, Argentina. Expo backstreet, Art Fair.
2005- Gallery Gran Teatro de La Habana, Havana Biennial, Havana. Cuba. Coffee with milk.
2004 - Gallery, National Council of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba. Metamorphosis.
2004 - Servando Cabrera Gallery, Havana, Cuba. The history that suits us I.
2003- Not only diamond, Gallery, Mexico. The story that suits us 2.
2003- O Y Gallery, Miami, Florida. I'm from Cuba.
2003- Miltong Gallery, Kingstong, Jamaica. That's how I am.
2002 - Colón Gallery, Matanzas, Cuba. My neighborhood.
2002- Martha Jean_Claude Foundation, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. My hands.
2002- The Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Oquendo 358.
2001- Fundación Hermanas Mirabal, Dominican Republic. My hands.
2001 - Meliá Varadero Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Ink of madness.
2001- Itinerant, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica.
2000- International Press Center, Havana, Cuba. Crazy ink
1999 - Gallery The Acacia, Havana, Cuba. Is what you see.
1998- Habana Libre Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Round trip.
1998- Itinerant: Fine Arts Museum, Medellín, Centro Paisa Gallery,
Medellín, National Museum of Arts, Bogotá, Colombia.
1998- Maxim Gallery, Miami, Florida, De Cuba comes.
1998- Itinerant, New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, USA