Milagros y Montopolis by Wayne Miyamoto is based on a series of gestural drawings that use mass, form, rhythm and movement. The artist used a low-resolution digital image to render the pixilated background and a vertical column of an anthropomorphic form as the center of the composition. The loose strokes and multiple colors that make up this central element give a sense of volatility to the figure, rendering it as a whirlwind or a vibrating sound wave. Miyamoto plays with the imagery interlacing subliminal color forms some of which emerge to the surface. There is a luminescent quality to the print, reinforced by the artist’s use of metallic ink. The title of the piece, Milagros y Montopolis, refers to Miyamoto’s experience here in Austin and being witness to the alchemical process that takes place in the printmaking studio.
A native of Hawaii, Miyamoto was born on the island of Oahu. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa. He has worked as an artist and art educator in many cities in the U.S. including Chicago, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Olympia. Since 1981, he has held the position of Professor of printmaking at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo. He currently serves as the Art Department Chair. His prints have been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.