Artist Among Us: Painter Angel Mieres

Art History: Angel Mieres has been painting since he was eight years old.Then, it was portraits of classmates, sets for the school play and invitations for the school dance. Today, he works mostly in acrylics, but born and raised in Venezuela, where they sometimes wait on long lines just to buy bread, he learned to get creative when acrylics aren’t readily available. Based in Venezuela, he started coming to Stamford, CT, to work with Nora Ochoa de Ellis at Embracing Art and Visual Art Sur. When he’s in Stamford, he leads children’s workshops with Ellis.
The Piece: “Alone,” acrylic on canvas, $2,100, www.visualartsur.com
Inspiration: At 16, Mieres fell in love with a beautiful girl, and won her heart with a poem by Pablo Neruda and a painting of a single flower. Today, that girl is his wife, and a majority of his paintings are that of three flowers, symbolizing their three boys. This piece is a nod to that first painting.

From May 7 to 29, Greenwich Arts Council turned Greenwich Avenue into a walking museum via Art to the Avenue, for the 18th year in a row. Local businesses hosted works from more than 120 unbelievably talented artists, six of which were singled out by our judges.