Miriam Cabello

My Bio

Miriam is the first Australian artist to win The Annual International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards for Visual Arts. During June, the 2010 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects (Miami, Florida) exhibited her award winning entry and became the springboard to represent Australia's rich cultural life.

The Winter 2009 AWARDS Issue of Faith & Form magazine published her winning entry, for the painting installation Stations of the Cross. The series is a contemporary melange of master techniques and innate expression that elevates figures traditionally seen in art as ‘other’ to that of Christ and his disciples.

“My art grows from a passion for the civil rights movement and I have found inspiring voices in the oral history of individuals such as Dave Sands, an Indigenous boxing legend. Painting a black boxer as Jesus empowers the artwork. - The paintings resonate as well as challenge and shift people's ideals.”

The boxer also informs her internationally acclaimed © White Rope 2010 series. Her painting "White Rope III" was a finalist & selected to exhibit at the National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, USA.

Cabello’s series of boxers, painted in oils on linen, show luminous torsos woven into a grid of gestural drips. She uses an edited palette of primary colours to engage the viewer and let them step into the subjects’ sanctuary. By painting the colour temperature of her subjects she shares their resolve and journey. It is in this private place where the poignancy of each mans gaze is felt.

Her paintings are created using glazed transparent layers applied in an innovative, layered technique that she has developed over the years. Cabello becomes completely immersed in the piece and its evolution, as once the colour is applied it stays. Painting in this tiering technique allows for the luminosity of each layer to shine. From the woven veins of white to the heat of foreground red - inviting observation and consideration of the raw, gestural strokes that inhabit each piece.

The series explores the robust male and how society has created and disarmed him. The focus is on the individual and, like Michelangelo’s David; physicality does not make the task ahead less daunting.

Cabello’s emotive paintings explore the spectrum of her boxers’ story from the initiated to the robust. She contributes to the dialogue of the male image in art, while her subjects determine their white rope.

In 2010 Miriam completed the Golden Artist Educators Program with Patti Brady and returned from studying in New York with renowned artist Daniel E. Greene. This was an intensive 3-week workshop dedicated to painting the figure from life and learning a comprehensive flesh palette derived from the Old Masters.

To celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Caravaggio's Death (1610-2010), Miriam launched Atelier Master School. This specialised and exceptionally structured school offers Innovative workshops and private instruction dedicated to the Old Masters’ Techniques. 

“My aspirations and endeavours as a contemporary artist are to interpret history, discuss injustice & apply masterful techniques.

Inspired by Velasquez's virtuosity, I aspire to assimilate the very best of artistic tradition and to leave my own unmistakable and highly personal mark. As explained by art critique & historian Robert Hughes, "To use what was old in a new way … didn't think in terms of 'copying' antiquity…Rather one (artists) sought and understood its principles grasped its essence and brought that forward into the present". [American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, Pg 69]

Schumann best describes my other endeavour. "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts-such is the duty of the artist". [Robert A. Schumann - German Romantic composer, 1810-1856]”



  • 30 Jun 2013
  • Miriam, has been selected for an exhibition in NYC.

    Three of my works have been selected to be shown in an exhibition in New York entitled "The Story of the Creative". The exhibition showcases multiple mediums from artists representing100 different countries, chosen from 700,000 members. https://MiriamCabello.see.me/

    Here’s your invite to the show: http://bit.ly/12tl7bu

  • 5 Jan 2012
  • Australian Aboriginal Legends rekindle American bouts of friendship

    Leveraging the dynamic energy of Brooklyn New York, Sydney Artist Miriam Cabello launched her captivating White Rope series of paintings at the Brooklyn (DUMBO) Arts Festival in September 2011. These works depict and perpetuate the oral histories of Aboriginal Australian boxing legends Dave Sands, Ron Richards, Tony Mundine and Lionel Rose. Many of their outstanding accomplishments and exchanges with their American peers have been fading from contemporary conversation, rekindling these oral histories is key to Miriam Cabello’s artistic odyssey.

    From the exposure and interest generated at the Brooklyn Arts Festival the paintings in the White Rope series began their journey across America. Her oil painting Ron Richards I was an award winner at the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), Indianapolis, where it remains on show till February 2012. The judges praised her unique, masterful oil painting technique ©Spectral Kinetic Realism in which she paints the subjects’ individual colour temperature with layered transparent colours. 

    On viewing the works at NAMOS the owners of Geary Gallery in Connecticut wanted the White Rope series to continue their cultural exchange. The gallery, only an hour from the boxing heartland of Brooklyn, have selected key works from the series to be on exhibition from March 2012.

    This satellite network of shows will culminate in Sydney for NAIDOC Week 2012.  Plans are unfolding to showcase this profound art and harness oral history causeways simultaneously in multiple venues. Discussions with NAIDOC committee members, local council representatives and gallerists are well underway. The inspiration is to transpose with oil paint, soundscapes and new media the profound journey of these Aboriginal Australians engaged in an iconic western sport.


  • 11 Jul 2011
  • DUMBO Arts Festival September 23rd till 25th 2011

    White Rope – A History of Australian Aboriginal Boxers. September
    DUMBO Arts Festival, Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front St (2nd Fl). Brooklyn, NY, USA.

    Bringing to life the struggles of Australian Aboriginal boxers through paint and vibrant colour in Brooklyn NYC.

    "The DUMBO Arts Festival is a feast for the senses that attracts 200,000 visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 500 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners. This year, the Festival will take place on Friday, September 23rd, Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th".