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 or countries 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, a work by Miguel Branco is presented at the exhibition “Quinte-Essence”, which celebrates the gallery’s 90 years of activity, and at the Grand Palais for FIAC. The same year, the Musée de Schloss Ambrass (Innsbruck) dedicated an important solo exhibition to his work. In 2016, following the exhibition “About Painting” in which a work by Miguel Branco is presented, 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”. That same year, the gallery presents the artist’s works at Art Dubaï, Drawing Now and FIAC.
In 2017, Miguel Branco’s sculptures are presented at the gallery at the exhibitions « Présences », « Corps et Ames » et « Whispers from the Earth ». That same year, a Miguel Branco’s Untitled (White Doe) is presented in the museum’s courtyard on the occasion of the exhibition “Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925”, first retrospective devoted to the galerie, at Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence (France).
A bronze doe with golden patina is also presented at the exhibition “Artes e Letras : as edições da Galeria Jeanne Bucher Jaeger”, devoted to the significant publishing activity of the gallery since 1925 until today, at the Árpád Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation in Lisbon (Portugal).
In 2018, the work Untitled (Licorne) is presented in the exhibition “Magiques Licornes” at the Musée de Cluny in Paris, followed in 2019 by the exhibition “Bêtes de Scène” at Villa Datris in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where the sculpture Untitled (Dodo) was exhibited.