(1885 - 1954)
Mariano Miguel was active/lived in Spain, Cuba. Mariano Miguel is known for landscape and cityscape painting, illustration, teaching.
Mariano Miguel was born in Spain in 1885. He was a writer, journalist and landscape painter who eventually became the Director of the Academy of San Alejandro, Cuba’s official school of art.
After a traditional education in Spain, Miguel relocated in Paris in 1900. He returned to Madrid, Spain in 1901 where he worked as an illustrator for a number of magazines and newspapers. In 1904 he arrived in Cuba where he resumed his career as an illustrator for a number of newspapers and periodicals. In 1908, Miguel returned to Spain where he edited a number of new and influential art and cultural magazines while he studied with a number of successful academic painters including Cecilio Pla.
In 1912 Miguel became a Cuban citizen and worked for a number of periodicals until 1919 when he joined the faculty of the Academy of San Alejandro where he urged the creation of a department of engraving and became its first chairman.
Miguel exhibited widely and was a consistent winner of medals in exhibitions in Cuba, the United States and Mexico. In 1920 he returned to Spain where he established a painting studio in Madrid and taught at the Royal Galician Academy. He died back in Havana in 1954. Today he is known for his broadly painted Cuban cityscapes and landscapes including a number of important works that celebrate the environs of the city of Santiago de Cuba.
Written and submitted by Gary R. Libby, whose information on this artist is in Libby's book, Cuba: A History in Art, 2015.