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Micheal Swaney is a Canadian artist based out of Barcelona. The artist studied Fine Art foundations at University of Victoria before graduating with a degree in Illustration and Design from Vancouver’s Capilano University in 2000. Exhibiting internationally since 2004, Swaney has since displayed his work across North America and Europe.

Swaney’s style is a mixture of geometrical shapes and dream like abstract lines. In his 3D, performance sculpture and video work, the naïve approach conjugates with the absurdity of the subject and the formal experimentation. The artist creates a singular universe where the childish spirit of the viewer wanders. The art requires a lot of attention before all of the elements fully sink in. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you into the art world?

“Born in Kimberley BC, Canadian Rocky Mountains, moved to a small coastal town near Vancouver called Gibsons. Drawing since I was very young and my Mum had a big impact on that as she was always doing creative things at home, like drawing, sewing and making crafts. My Dad also has a creative side and has been a a model railroad enthusiast for decades. Those two factors might be what led me in this direction.”

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“ I'm not too interested in describing my work because written words are not my weapon of choice, but I'll try. Stupid, unfinished, cute, decorative, half-assed, colored-in, unintellectual, sloppy, not sloppy enough... ”

Tell us more about your works and the materials you use.

“I have always constantly moved between disciplines because I get bored of doing one thing quickly. Sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, installation, etc. Lately, I'm using a lot of drawing techniques on the paintings and use most mediums I can get my hands on.”

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“I enjoy working in series when something keeps me interested for long enough. I work on raw canvas because it was the closest color I could find that replicated the old, foxed paper I use for most of my drawings”

Where were your most memorable exhibitions? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions that you would like to share?

This summer at L21 in Palma, Mallorca was my biggest and maybe even best show to date. I will be showing in June at Sorry We're Closed in Brussels, and am very excited for that!


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