AUGUST 20 – OCTOBER 19, 2018
MAYOR’S GALLERY AT ORLANDO CITY HALL
400 S ORANGE AVE. • ORLANDO, FL | MON – FRI: 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
José A. Milián is an artist born and raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, who enjoys painting works based on daily events. His works are generally acrylic on canvas with a particular mixed technique.
As the 19th-century Impressionists and great masters of Puerto Rican serigraphs had done, it is customary to fuse the juxtaposition of stains of pure and flat colors without any kind of blurring. Milián’s works are usually of a figurative nature where the forms are almost simplified reaching a point midway between abstract expressionism and abstraction without losing sight of the everyday life.
Milián, a self-taught artist, likes to read, learn and experiment with different mediums in the search for knowledge. This has led him to find his own artistic identity and improve both his technique and the style that distinguishes him. In general, he makes use of visual references of typical characters that attract his attention and that, unfortunately, are disappearing. When he sees the vendor of canoes or the boot cleaner or the different places he photographs in his travels through different countries, he unites these as a puzzle of the imagination — a work that will be shaped like an explosion of colors and scream with every brushstroke that there are no insignificant details or moments in everything that surrounds us in our busy life.
In 2015, Milián decided to follow his passion and had the opportunity to showcase his art in the Senatorial Gallery of Puerto Rican Art in the Capitol of Puerto Rico. He also showed in the Aguadilla City Hall Gallery in Puerto Rico and participated in collective art exhibitions with artists from all over Puerto Rico. In 2017, Milián won a competition to create an art mural for Downtown Orlando that will be unveiled this year.
Several of his pieces decorate cities such as New York, Chicago, Orlando, Saint Cloud, Miami, and his homeland Puerto Rico.