Miguel Antonio Horn is a Sculptor from Philadelphia. After receiving his certificate in sculpture from PAFA in 2006, he travelled via motorcycle to Mexico City and apprenticed with contemporary figurative master Javier Marin for over four years. In 2010 his work was exhibited in Zona Maco, Mexico’s premier international art fair. He was commissioned by the City of Campeche to create several public sculptures and had his first solo show at Terreno Baldio Arte in Mexico City.
He returned to Philadelphia in 2011 and joined the artist-run workspace, Traction Company, where he currently maintains his studio and contributes to public art and exhibition programming. In 2013 he received a grant from the US State Department for his large-scale biodegradable sculptures, “Callejeros” (Street Person) which was exhibited at the University of the Arts, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Tamaulipas. He was commissioned by the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art to create “Colossus”, a permanent installation at the museum’s entrance honoring Egyptian statuary.
Miguel will be participating in the 2014-2015 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale’s International Residency Program collaborating with Chris Landau on a new, interdisciplinary sculptural installation. Currently, he is organizing an exhibition for 2015 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts of collaborative and individual works by members of Traction Company. He is also creating new works for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s South Philadelphia Branch which will be completed in 2015.
In Miguel’s words, “I want to create an emotional connection with my audience through my artwork. I try to put the viewer at the center of my compositions, playing with scale, distortion of form and volumes to offer an engaging experience. My work stems from personal histories and experiences or cultural references."