Miguel Angel Payano Jr is an Afro-Caribbean American artist working between Beijing and New York. With a visual vernacular that is informed by American, Caribbean and Chinese cultures, he creates works that oscillate between painting and sculpture that investigate class, identity formation / socialization and story telling. His transcultural surrealist sensibilities bind aesthetics with humor and the grotesque.
Until recently Payano had been primarily based in China, where he has lived for nearly two decades. In addition to exhibiting throughout China, he has also exhibited in Europe, Southeast Asia and the US. His works are in major collections in China and Italy.