Our Life Drawing Session Coordinator:
Miguel Angel Reyes
Miguel Angel Reyes was born September 29th,
1964 in Colima, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States in
1975. He has consistently been a prolific artist since graduating
from Oits Parsons school of design in 1987 with a BFA in fine
Miguel is a Los Angeles - based portrait and
figurative painter, muralist, printmaker and illustrator. Miguel
incorporates expressionist brushwork and a saturated palette
in celebration of the classic latin tradition. Miguel's accomplishments
as a photographer informs the way he creates paintings and prints.
When not working from life, Miguel begins by shooting his own
photographs on the street, clubs, in studio and elsewhere. Whether
working from life or photos, his pieces always create an intimate
connection between subject and viewer.
His art has been exhibited throughout the U.S
including - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Alaska.
Miguel has created murals for the Los Angeles MTA, and bus ad
campaign for LA County Office of AIDS - AIDS/Living Responsibly
campaign. Miguel's work is in the collections of LACMA print
collections, Laguna Art Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center, University
of Austin, TX, and Fine Arts gallery Museum, Chicago.
Miguel's clients include - Genre, Flaunt, Guess
Jeans, Forest Witaker, Tom Skerritt, Davis Factor, Luis Barajas
and Jim Turner. Miguel has been the recipient of the 2001 CSW
Artists of the Year, 2000 WEHO Awards/Artist, 1998 VIVA Arts
Award and the 1992 VOGUE/SOTHEBY'S Cecil Beaton Award.
Miguel's artwork has been published in LA Times Magazine,
Blue, Chicano and Latino Artist of Los Angeles,
and Saludos Hispanos magazine.
Naked & Loving It: One Local Artist Has the Utmost Appreciation for Male Nude Figures
And after attending one of Miguel Angel Reyes’ nude figure drawing sessions at the Tom of Finland Foundation, you will too.
Long before Grindr, Scruff, Snapchat, and that leaked Cheyenne Jackson video, there was erotic art—skilled hands and sharp eyes that captured every detail of the naked human body.
Artists like L.A.’s very own Miguel Angel Reyes keeps this traditional art form alive in his own work at the Tom of Finland Foundation’s monthly Life Drawing Sessions... You’ll be under Reyes’ gentle wing, himself a former session attendee before he took over as coordinator nearly 10 years ago.
–Lydia Siriprakorn, FRONTIERS