Miguel Sopena is an artist and photographer originally from València, Spain, but now based in Croydon, South London.
Miguel felt the pull of art as he completed his doctorate in theoretical Physics at Sussex University in Southern England. He combined writing his thesis with starting to draw and paint, then enrolled on a 2-year part-time, introductory (and very hands-on) arts programme known in the UK as a Foundation course. This fun and intensive experience was a revelation to Miguel. In order to acquire a proper grounding in art, he enrolled on a 2-year, skills-based portraiture diploma at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, where he learnt about traditional oil painting and the human figure.
An eclectic and highly experimental artist, Miguel's interests are not limited to figuration, and soon after graduation he started working in an abstract language. At the moment, Miguel's painting practice is mainly abstract, exploring themes of memory, identity, and the passage of time, with special attention to composition, colour, and the materiality of the media he works with.
Miguel has a solid track record of exhibiting his work and participating in international residences (in Finland, Bulgaria and Istanbul). After past experimental solo shows (in London in 2017, Istanbul 2018) and many group exhibitions, his recent solo exhibition of abstract drawings and paintings took place in East London in December 2022.