San Germán, PR, 1960
San Germán, PR, 1960
Painter, printmaker, photographer, and creator of mixed-media constructions. Millán earned his undergraduate degree in humanities from the University of Puerto Rico in 1982, and his MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1987. Since the late eighties he has taught at the University of Puerto Rico. His work has appeared in dozens of group and solo exhibitions, and has often won awards. He has worked in several media, and often in mixed media. He recently said that painting is the core of his work, with prints and photography having now become reinforcing components, like the found and reworked objects that he has been gradually incorporating into his paintings. These found objects sometimes lead him to an idea for a painting, or at least complement it. He has done many male nudes, and other subjects he often explores are dreams and memory, his thematic concern being to attempt to free the human figure from the weight of history and to emphasize the everyday by bringing it into the sphere of art.
“My production unfolds from pictorial and photographic premises, combining two disciplines that might give the impression to be antagonists but at the end converge within my goals. I have also experienced with video art, performance, modern dance and constructions. My career emerged in the 1980's with a critical discourse about male nudity, censorship and issues related to the AIDS epidemic.
Narratives of memory, dreams, and aging give way to the mix of both abstract and real spaces trying to relieve the weight imposed by the History of Art and Latino Culture over the representation of the male body.
Teaching at the University of Puerto Rico since 1988 has been fundamental and parallel to my artwork. There, I have successfully developed workshops on Papermaking, Creative Bookmaking, Photosensitive Methods and Multidisciplinary courses. Most recently, holistic and health related courses such as Practices and Current Issues of LGBT Art and Art & the Art of Healing, under the Medical Humanities Program.”
Néstor Millán, 2013
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"La mística pictórica de Néstor Millán". 90 Grados. 28 de diciembre 2020.