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Miguel CriadoInitially, my artistic expression began in early childhood. When I began to paint and draw religious themes in Academia Cristo Rey school in Ponce, Puerto Rico. On my youth I began doing large murals and movie marquees in a local cinema. During my college years while attending Massachusetts College of Art, I created works in two dimensional media, sculpture and glass blowing along with
Architectural Design. Later in the Castillo Serralles in Ponce Puerto Rico, I was able to create the thematic design at the museum and gardens and was part of the restoration project. After brief time spent in Mexico City studying restoration and doing art live in La Zona Rosa street walk and taking interludes of Set Design the Dominican Republic at Altos the Chavon/Parsons School of Design, I moved back to the United States to work for Disney during the Millennium Celebration.

In 2004 a call to complete a Chapel Dome next to the Iberoamerican University in Playas de Tijuana was too “tempting” and moved me to San Diego, California. I completed murals for the LGBT Center in Hillcrest and a mural size banner that hangs behind the choir in the1888 Pipe Organ at First Congregational Church in Downtown Long Beach during the Pentecost celebration. For a while I lived in Crestline, California, near Lake Gregory, where the solitude in the majestic woods gave me time to reconnect with myself and my sense of fine art also started exploring smaller formats and mediums.

Looking for thermal waters, instead I found Palm Springs where the trees captivated me. The serene majestic presence of Palo Verde and Mesquite trees touch my soul which sings of spirituality and majesty. The light, the colors, the shapes and the scents propelled my artistic senses. I find intoxicating the theme of the desert, its trees and the spaces full of light. The Oasis in which I live has become the central part of my creation.


Miguel Criado



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