Miguel Angel Payano Jr

Miguel Angel Payano Jr as an artist who already has a successful international career who works between New York and Beijing, which further investigates human socialization, identity formation and gestalt. He with his sense of humour, beauty with grotesque and disturbing style created the portraits with mixed media, also the different landscape features in the Caribbean sea bring the idea of primitivism and multicultural differences between American, Asia and Gulf of mexico.


Miguel Angel Payano Jr. was born in New York in 1980 and lives between the Bronx and Beijing. He received a dual degree in Studio Art and Chinese Language from Williams College in Massachusetts in 2003 before moving to China and attending the renowned Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he graduated with an MFA in 2008. In 2020, Payano received a second MFA from New York’s own Hunter College, where he was the recipient of the S&W Scholarship. He has shown in exhibitions throughout the northeastern United States, as well as in Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in Bali, Indonesia (2015); the Williams College Wilde Gallery in Williamstown, Massachusetts (2014); the LDX Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (2006). In 2021, he will also have a solo exhibition opening at the Qi Mu Space in Beijing, and has been invited to exhibit at the Ad-Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.