art - poetry - education
Samuel Miranda grew up in the South Bronx and has made his home in Washington, DC. He is a visual artist, poet and teacher who uses his craft to highlight the value of everyday people and places. His work has been heavily influenced by Puerto Rican culture and family history, as well as his interactions with the people in his city, his students, and people he encounters in his travels.
He experiments with sculpture made from found objects, paintings and carvings that are influenced by the work of Puerto Rican saints carvers. Much of his work is figurative and explores how the body and face illustrate the successes, hardships and beliefs that people carry with them. He collaborates with other artists in order to develop conversations that push his thinking and widen his understanding of the connection that artists make with their art. His poetry has been published in anthologies and journals and he has performed his work at venues such as the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the Kennedy Center. His art has been exhibited throughout the DC metropolitan area.