Miguel Branco studied at the University of Fine Arts of Lisbon and since 1994 has directed the Department of Painting of the Center of Art and Visual Communication in Lisbon, Ar.Co.
Whether in his paintings or his sculptures, Miguel Branco has always worked from images drawn from art history. Through this evocation, the artist is dedicated to having varied geographic or temporal spaces cohabit in each of his works. With at once an awareness and an infinite distance, he hypertrophies his painting in order to make us relive the grandeur of his masters (Watteau, Chardin, Fragonard, Goya, Velázquez, Bellini, Stubbs, Hogarth, and Teniers, among others) just as he makes us travel, in his sculptures, to the heart of civilizations such as Egypt or India, thus creating a dramaturgy where the sensation of the work is to reincarnate an essence at once present and absent, an invisible that overtakes us, but is also an intrinsic process in the oeuvre itself. Whether it is animal, humanoid, object, place, skull, scribe or again butterfly, his œuvre is characterized by the constant presence of a scenic apparatus: something impalpable or someone is the protagonist.
The gallery organized the first exhibition of the artist in 2012, entitled “Deserto”. His work has been presented at international institutions such as MUDAM in Luxembourg, the CAM— Modern Art Center of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Serralves Foundation in Porto. In 2015, the Musée de Schloss Ambrass (Innsbruck) dedicated an important solo exhibition to his work. In 2016, the gallery organized his second personal exhibition entitled “SPECTRES – On Birds, Skulls and Drones”, linked to his simultaneous individual exhibition at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature “Black Deer – Résonances, Enlèvements, Interférences”.