Miguel Sbastida was born in Spain, where he completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. As an undergrad, Miguel studied in Spain, Holland (Erasmus Fellowship – 2010/11) and Canada (International Agreements Fellowship – 2012). In 2013, he co-founded an artist-run space (Espacio Habitat) aiming to connect emerging practitioners throughout Spain. Miguel moved to Chicago in 2015 to undertake his MFA at SAIC (Obra Social La Caixa Fellowship program - 2015/17) where he is currently developing projects in the field of installation and sculpture.

He has been the winner of the Oneminutes Art Amsterdam 2011, has taken part in IFCO and the Photographic Herbarium Project of Ottawa, and has participated in shows across the US, Spain, Portugal, Holland, United Kingdom, Canada and Korea.

Personal Statement

Thinking through making.

I strive to understand and translate my relation to the life of matter and environment in an immediate and discerning way. My work explores perception, cultural and ecological synergies, magnitudes of time and space, the human being as a geological force and extraction-abstraction relationships and processes.

Stones that murmur memories; displaced glacial ice; bottles gathering water in a rainy day; geopoetic cartography; the ocean inside a box. Through collecting, manipulating, repurposing and recontextualizing, I create sculptural objects, interventions, video installation and systems of representation. Through these interactions, I intend to raise questions, reveal social constructions, expand our understanding and modify our relationship to the Earth Organism.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Insitute.