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About Miko Zen, Artist

My artwork, paintings, and illustrations are all inspired by what's beautiful in the world. An instant fan of the famous Rennaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci since seeing his sketches when I was in third grade, his approach to bringing the invisible world of thoughts, design, and poetry to life with pencil and ink has been one of my lasting artistic inspirations

Smiling at top of Southwest Sandia Mountain La Luz Trail Overlooking Albuquerque New Mexico A1I'm Miko

I've been making art all my life, everyday practicing and understanding my own painting-making. Bringing the professional services of illustration, logo and branding to Creative Professionals who need an artist with great listening skills is a great joy to me. To hear their creative needs and work to fulfill them, is what makes life completely worthwhile.

Art Shows, Painting and Style

UNM Christmast Holiday Craftsfair Student Ballroom Campus Custom Art Display Built by Miko Zen Photo Art by MikoArts A 1 1I've produced over 30 art shows since my first show, working concurrently in my early art career as a graphic designer for Kinko's (What Fed Ex Office used to be called). I worked at Art Carved Rings where I headed-up the heraldry ring department meeting with our top-tier clients and creating their customized Heraldry Ring designs. I've worked for commercial presses devoloping roller offset plates for commercial manufacturing, and newspapers laying up ads and other graphics for daily editions. 

I went to college for Math and English, and only by the strangest twists of fate, would I be invited to hang my first show because another artist didn't show up. I had a small body of paintings barely passable, but they weren't torn, so that was a plus.

Gradually I learned show after show that art creating was provoking me to grow as a person who did a real job for people that had both immediate and long term reward - Art making was helping me bridge my own creativity and problem solving skills, into ways that actually benefitted and helped other people. Everything I learn in art, helps others just as much as it helps me.

 

Alicia Ultan BeBe La La Indie Folk Duo of Albuquerque Highwire Smiling with Album Cover Across the Universe Proofs Designed and Hand Made by Miko Zen MikoArts A 1Doing shows early on, no matter how rough or unexperienced I was, brought me to meet new people who loved art and were wanting and willing to talk about it. These shows were where I began meeting people who truly taught me the value of art making, bridging the gap between "Commercial" and "Fine" art. That was something none of my art school graduate friends even really knew much about, so I felt another level of gratitude and luckiness, just for that one answer being gradually answered.

Creating artwork for both myself, and for people whose lives were naturally appreciative and wanting art, inspired me. People that loved the everday creative process artists experience, people who were vocal and expressive about how a work of art, a painting or a sketch, moved them emotinally or stimulated them intellectually. Meeting people with these creative values and sensitivities to life really made me want more of that. I began knowing more and more that this was the way I wanted to live - Both creatively dedicated and useful for people.  

Art Studio Fluffy Kitty Cat Hanging Out While Leaf Pattern Artwork Made Photo Art by Miko Zen MikoArts A 1 1

I make art with any medium which attracts me. If I had gone to school for art, I might be what someone would call a multimedia artist, but then I would wonder what would happen if I accidentally painted 75% of my paintings for a year in watercolor. Would I then become a watercolorist? Sometimes I use acrylic paint as the foundational transparent color layerings for what ultimately will be finished in oil. Would I be an experimental artist? Or a semi traditional one? Is acrylic paint still a space age medium, or has it been long enough since Jackson Pollock that it's now a modern or even classic medium? Ahh, nomenclature. The only art supply I tend to avoid ????

Painting Abstract Leaf Patterns on Steel Panels at Studio Designed and Hand Made Art by Miko Zen MikoArts A 1

An art medium that inspires me often, is seeing and using natural leaves from the Southwest landscape. Its sage, its thistle, its wildflowers and other branches found along the river or in wide open plains. Sometimes I pick them and press them in a book and safeguard them in my backpack while bicycling along the river. Sometimes I just carry them in my hand back to my studio on a walk back from the store. I press them between Alibis or other papers and stack bricks to flatten them, and a few days later, we explore.

Hanging Paintings at Ragin Shrimp Restaurant Gallery Nob Hill 2010 Albuquerque Showing Miko Paintings Art by Miko Zen MikoArts A 1

I love the patterns that are captured in hypnotic layerings when I spray multiple layers of spray paint or airbrush through them, leaving multifoliate and infinite layered dimensions of densities and pigments on the surface. They quite literally, trip me out. Sort of like classical music, but in a visual sense.

My Illustrative Artwork 

Painting Alicia and Maryse BeBe La La Indie Folk Duo of Albuquerque Highwire Album Cover Across the Universe Designed and Hand Made by Miko Zen MikoArts A 4is inspired by positivity in communication. Creative Professionals like storefront owners who need signage for their businesses. Dance studios needing logos for their promo cards and mailers, watermarked or processed images for their websites, and Facebook pages. Musicians needing album covers that instantly communicate the spirit of their creative vision. These are some of the clients who I've helped turn ideas into an articulate and well crafted picture. 

I put just as much effort into creating a commercial artwork and graphic design for someone as I do my own painting. To me, they both come from the same place, because a Creative Professional is inspired by the exact same thing I'm inspired by. Beauty in design, Truth to the mission (statement), and Love for what we both do. It's the formula that's been working since the Rennaissance!

Logos, Branding, Portraits and Love

are what happens so naturally in a creative flow, that really listening to people is what I'd say is my most important artistic skill. There aren't any rules in design more important than what a customer wants. Letting you speak and be listened to creates a resonance that reveals more of what you see as your brand, and it's my job to punctuate each step of the process with a visual stepping stone, a picture, a sketch. The more of these we create, the more your brand is refined, and the more confident you feel taking care of your other business details. Now with more confidence, because your vision is in your hands, quite literally - In whatever form of art, traditional or technological, that your business needs.

As my artwork continues, I not only find daily pleasure from the work I do to organize my paintings here in my online gallery for you, along with all their stories, but I also work daily with clients helping them with their own website work, and concurrently with their commercial art needs. Seeing my clients who are Creative Professionals succeed in everything from their day to day business, but also to their newly launched crowd source like GoFundMe and Kickstarter campaigns, is truly something that reconnects me to my own childhood joy - Seeing people really happy and successful. 

Alicia and Maryse BeBe La La Indie Folk Duo of Albuquerque Happy with GoFundme Kickstarter Merch Designed and Hand Made by Miko Zen MikoArts A 1

 

See More of My Paintings Below

Green

An abstract portrait of the color Green herself, for Rebirth and New Life, swirling in a surreal floating infinite line of charcoal.  A Pastel Painting of the Color .. Green  Green...

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Chord Structure, an Ink-Drawn Guitarist

A blues player emerges from flowing and jagged dynamic ink strokes, looking down upon and materializing with their own instrument, a unassuming yet practiced maker of music, this magical chord...

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Boo, Hiding

Little rescue-kitten Boo has recently been saved from the busy Southside streets of the dark lit and shadowed barrio pavement, noisey with honking friday night cars and swerving shadows that...

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Lounge Electrika

Austin jazz is art itself in the Elephant Room, where surrealism music and love mix in rare Texas color, while unconventional colors and interweaving lines and ripples of shadows break...

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My Mother My Sun My Moon, Surreal Portra…

Mother, my mother, your mother, our mother. Mother Earth. Every mother everywhere. Symbolized by the strength of granite, the fire of the sun, the guidance of the moon, and the...

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Sensing Breakthrough Dawn

A morning light illuminates journeying feathers, the very marvels of spirit mind ambition lifting into the sky. A journey that could be across a crisp dawn lake, or the very...

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Like There Was a Song in Us, Surreal Lov…

Two lovers, a Rene Magritte cutout hovers over the warm vibrating floorboards, intertwined and peering to each other, simultaneosuly in silhoeutte they're looking out - becoming the very window to...

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Postcard from Earth

In the day of Tesla cars and rockets to Mars, this painting is all about the day we will be deeper in the galaxy, even possibly beyond. The day we'll...

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Brave New World, Portrait of a Journey

A person becoming alive, after emerging from the sketchbook which confined them; Embarking into a new uncharted world with only their wits, fatigues and combat boots to see them through...

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Boo!! No Bacon!!

Poppy the Rescue Black-Lab Mix, very dismayed at the fact that upon entering our humble South Valley kitchen having been just awoken by the sounds of clinking pots and pans...

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Feeling the Groove, Guitarist Abstract P…

The guitarist is on stage, the sounds of the live stage echo and pop and fizzle through the chords on the floorboards running between the mixing table and the amplifiers...

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Across the Universe

Got the travel Bug, blue and green Earth is just a rest stop on a heroic woman's surreal acrobatic landscape of moon sun and space. Charcoal comets paint fire overhead...

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Abundance

Two hands finally open up to receive the bounty and abundance of the Cosmos, flooding down to them from a sun and eye and moon as a cosmic benefactor in...

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Her Rocks, Her Water, Her Light

A shocking apparition of Beauty as a Magritte-Style illusion painting of a woman who is really a momentary alignment of the Celestial Moon, the ethereal Clouds, and the Terrestrial Mountains...

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The Precious Flower of Hope, Ink Candle …

The Hope that exists in all our lives and the perspective when we realize that we are separate, yet innately connected to the candle of life that burns within us...

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Blue Cat Not Say

Blue Cat sits staring. Blue Cat sits watching. Blue Cat not care you mix paint pay rent buy meow mix and treats for Blue Cat. There is something mysterious or...

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Play! .. An Abstract Surreal Guitar Pain…

Colors turn to shapes and shapes turn to liquids which flow and intermix and intermesh into the ever growing ever undulating complexities and shapes, emerging into a sensual fluidly chromatic...

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Angel of God's Eye

An abstract angel reclines in golden iridescent surreal light, a prayer of God himself for such a beautiful creature to exist. Her form is painted in a wet line through...

Hits:156 Paintings

Phoenix Rising, Galaxy

Rebirth is sometimes completely invisible to everything but that part of us existing between dimensions itself, that part of us that walks the sideways lines between the intricate fractal strings...

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Odin Gets a Treat!

Portrait of a little Pitbull Puppy whose owner rescued from a dumpster, literally, from being thrown away in an industrial trash can in a dark alley behind the university. A...

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Woman in Love

Myriad forms of fire and red intermingle through sweeping cascades of hair and silhouettes, to reveal a kaleidoscope of female figures, ultimately embodying the fractal infinite faces and forces of...

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Treats Please!

Poppy the Rescue Black-Lab-Mix smiling happily on Sunday Morning, anticipating even before morning coffee, our walk to the Dog Park where she will be given treats between her rendezvous with...

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Woman in Song, an Abstract Flamenco Pain…

A guitar playing woman sits transfixed with her beloved Spanish Gypsy soul-mate guitar in her lap, eyes closed while finding the perfect next note to accompany the song she finds...

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Delicious

Just a lush fat sweet buttery avocado, freshly cut, agape to all the endless possibilities of two hungry friends meeting up and deciding to make something for lunch after a...

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Feeding Angels

A barely-alive hummingbird readies himself to shoot into the beautiful New Mexico sky, but needs a drink of honey water - he collapsed from exhaustion, trying to frantically find a...

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Momma's Light, Abstract Love Painting

Mother is both the sunrise and the sunset in this abstract painting of pure energy between the blue safety and red blood love, to her baby. Neither one of them...

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Medicine Woman, Cosmic Mother

Opening up to the Universe, or is She opening up to me? And the Universe and I both turn, letting each other near the healing and tranquility that is already...

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Chromatic Meanderings in Blue

Meandering through the blues with six strings and an open tune, a guitar player sits meandering through the various footsteps of the age old masters of that soulful somber musical...

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The Dream of All My Mothers, Surreal Dre…

Jungian style portrait of a woman in dreamscape - A dove watches, Fish and Butterfly both swim in the same invisible water, while her mind traces back through time like...

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Miracle of Loretto

A Must-See visit to Santa Fe and the Loretto Chapel, one of the most popular tourist attractions worldwide, transformed into a painting inspired by its genuine marvelous and unarguably miraculous...

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CoffeePelli, A Fertility God Painting

Kokopelli the diety god of music and fertility putting flute down for a second to sip some coffee. Kokopelli Dirty as a Charcoal Painting.. CoffeePelli  Kokopelli is the fertility god. That's...

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