Miguel Freitas grew up in Lisbon, Portugal and moved with his family to Toronto, Canada when he was a teenager. His love of art and painting started at a young age where he explored different ways of expressing his creativity. Starting out with a Graphic Arts degree he entered into the creative world, first working as a photographer in the fashion and modeling fields and then as an illustrator for Ad agencies. His artistic diversity and ability to work with various media and styles has proven to be a great asset to his creative career and his successes eventually lead him to positions working as Art Director for companies both in Canada and Europe.
Although he enjoyed design, he longed for new challenges and creative freedom and so in 2004 he ventured on his own and made a career of what had, until then, only been a passionate hobby...painting, and he has since painted from his home studio in Toronto's Beaches area.
The vibrancy in his controlled use of colour is what often strikes his audience first. This unity of vibrant colors add a strong presence and symbolic content to his work leaving you emotionally charged. You will lose yourself in the warmth and comfort of a familiar place. These scenes convincingly depict the naive impressions and memories left in your mind years after visiting a place. His unique style and execution bring to mind images of great frescoes on old crumbling walls. The unusual use of sculpted mixed media and subject matter are a perfect marriage.
Inspiration can occur anywhere
The goal is to alter reality just enough to create my own unique scene. There's a certain intentional distortion and exaggerated movement in my work, I use forced perspective to make a path that leads the viewer's eye into the scene. I want my audience to feel as if they could step into my paintings, visually and emotionally.