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Inside the studio of Mi-KL

  • By Alexia Werrie

Meeting with self-taught artist Mi-KL at his home in Rixensart. An invitation to vibrations and colors! In collaboration with Bazar Magazine.

Self-taught, Mi-KL has evolved since his early childhood in the world of advertising. This universe allows him to display from an early age a strong sense of detail.

In his works nothing is left to chance, each component is reflected, studied and selected with great attention. Through his colourful compositions the artist reveals a mastery of the material. Mi-KL explores constantly the infinite technical possibilities of textures and colours. Everything is clear and precise. A great sense of rigor accompanies each of his compositions.

Mi-KL delivers works without profound message but where lines, colours and images coexist in perfect harmony, releasing amazing vibration. When we ask him if he is working on a new series, he replies: "Every day!"

Through the use of the torsion as essential element, Mi-KL’s works play with the third dimension of the space. Strips of plastic, leather or velvet are twisted on the canvas and vary in colour according to the light. Circles, squares and lines are in constant change of shades creating optical effects pushed to infinity. It is in these illusions, everyone can escape and dream.

His career in the field of graphic design has led him to develop a sense of balance and improvisation that is found in his artistic work. His hand found, as a magnet, this constant quest of lines, aesthetics and beauty. 

An artist who has had a strong impact on his work? Walter Leblanc. Mi-KL retain the importance of color and graphic quality of the compositions. Also passionate about cars, Mi-KL has a lot of admiration for the racing drivers Jacky Ickx and Ayrton Senna that he had the chance to meet and which he admires for their sense of discipline and success.

An invitation from the artist to a harmonious universe. An infinite pleasure to transmit his passion for line cutting, colour - without speech or explanation.

The observation of his works is a constant process of transformation where colours and shapes depend on the viewing angle. Mi-KL's works truly inhabit the space and interact with the viewer who becomes participant in spite of him.

We can not ignore the parallelism between his work and that of Walter Leblanc or Carlos Cruz-Diez. The artist will retain the importance of colour and graphic quality of the compositions.

A museum that the artist recommends? The artist particularly likes the Guggenheim in New York for its architecture, its light, the order and the building's modernity. 



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