MOVEMENT IN A TRAVEL DIARY - was exhibited May 11th through August 4th 2017
Regina Miele, a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes, explores the fundamental tenets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. Alleys, rooftops, and glimpses into places of sublime desolation, form an intricate urban tapestry. Her work takes notice of modern structure and the often overwhelming feeling that accompanies a dense urban surrounding. For the past decade, Miele’s principle subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working.
Regina attended the Catholic University of America and, in her Junior year, studied abroad at the Scuolo Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. The experience of intensive studio concentration in painting, drawing, sculpture, and theory, in the birth place of the Renaissance, solidified a commitment and passion for a career as an artist.
Miele has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: The Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, Baltimore’s Artscape as well as Caelum, Agora and Broadway in New York. Her work is included in public and private collections in Jerusalem, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC.
Capitol File Magazine, Summer 2016, includes her in their portfolio of A-list artists across America. In a review of Miele’s Agora Gallery, Soho exhibit, Maureen Flynn writes, “Space and light conspire in Miele’s exquisitely refined oils on linen to create the sense of genuine epiphany in a way that few other artists are capable of doing who work only with the subject at hand do not distort for emotional effect.” Miele works extensively with traditional mediums: oil, watercolor, graphite and charcoal. For her, these practices provide a limitless journey into the possibilities of fine art. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Washington, DC.
UNCOMMON RESILIENCE - Was exhibited January 23rd through April 23rd 2017
“Grace makes beauty out of ugly things” – U2
My work as an architect and artist come together in these mosaics. Because constructing buildings necessarily requires inclusion of hundreds of materials, I rarely say "never" to any material. I believe that almost any material has a place in my work as long as I have developed an intimate relationship with it and understand its potential possibilities and limitations… I see its beauty - even tire scraps from shoulders of highways.
A quality of resilience and dignity is embedded into those things that survive being discarded, that survive invisibility, that survive the labeling of ugliness and negativity. Out of a profound respect for their resistance, I engage them with love.
Please enjoy and feel free to discuss more with me.