KUHLEIN MIGUE

My name is Kuhlein Migue, and I am a second-year student in the visual studies program at the University of Calgary. I grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2015 when I was 13 years old. My paintings reflect my experiences growing up in two different cultures and struggling to keep my Filipino roots while fitting in with Canada’s norms. My works revolve around the body and mind and the experiences of immigrants in Western Society, specifically Filipino-Canadians. My paintings aim to raise discussions about colonial mentality (a form of internalised racial oppression), cultural dissonance, the demonization of femininity, and detrimental beauty standards set upon young women. I work with various mediums such as coloured pencils, acrylic, and oil paint to create portraits and landscapes that merge realism with abstraction. Various artists such as Fernando Amorsolo, Basquiat, Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon and more influence my painting style. References to Philippine mythology and religious iconography are also apparent in my work. Through my art, I hope to raise awareness of cultural and societal issues affecting young people, specifically immigrants, nowadays.

*Warning some images may contain nudity and not suitable for all viewers

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Til Death
Acrylic / Oil
30” x 36”
$500.00

In Hell There’s Heaven
Acrylic / Oil
30” x 36”
$400.00

Manalamin Sa Altar
Acrylic on Maidstone
22” x 30”
$200.00

Dissonance
Acrylic / Oil
24” x 36”
$400.00

The Body is a Blade
Acrylic on Canvas
24” x 30”
$200.00