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Miller

Ralph

UNITED STATES

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“In my works, the physical act of separation and intersecting fluidity symbolizes everyday life as it diverges from the norm.”

“Art is an expression of an artist’s life and times.” - Ralph Miller
Ralph I. Miller is a visual and experiential artist of Nicaraguan heritage. He began painting as a young boy.

Fading Glory, 2021 (96” x 54”) This oil on canvas photoprint captures the fine balance between loveliness and decay as a rose wilts unceremoniously in a kitchen rubbish bin. It is both beauty and grot. Clearly the artist was inspired by Rembrandt. [RM_902]

When seen through the lens of his camera, a world of images and juxtapositions emerge. Having earned a living as a professional photographer in his early years, working with literally tens of thousands of images in his commercial shows, Ralph gained an appreciation and quickness for capturing iconic, moving moments, reflective of the turmoil in our lives and the simple moments that linger in our memories for years to come.

Gel Face

Mixed Media

$15,000

Gel Face, 2021 (96” x 54”) This mixed media piece was inspired by the artist’s actual dental scans. Part self-portrait and part dental record, the whimsical quality is achieved through the layering of UV paint on the magnified radiograph, with colored lighting gels affixed to complete the facial features. [RM_901]

Ralph began his commercial art career designing and building sets and creating special effects for community and corporate theater in Washington D.C., developing and applying sophisticated programming tools and techniques across a variety of platforms. He created scores of multi-media extravaganzas for live theatrical performances, music concerts, and scene-setters for film and video productions on the U.S. East and West Coasts, expanding later to Asia Pacific, South America and Europe.

As an early adopter of advanced media, display and sensor technologies, now including VR/XR/AR and AI, Ralph has produced the most challenging and innovative installations.

Ralph has been a member of the award-winning Nintendo of America design team for decades, and has had a hand in the design, production and realization of commissioned media for Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) and Consumer Electronics Show (CES) activations. He has produced its most challenging and innovative installations as an early adopter of advanced media, display and sensor technologies, now including VR/XR/AR and AI. Ralph ‘s career highlights include designing and producing Olympics and World’s Fair Pavilions and serving as Senior Creative Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering on projects at Hong Kong and Shanghai Disneyland Theme Parks.

Having earned a living as a professional photographer in his early years, working with literally tens of thousands of images in his commercial shows, Ralph gained an appreciation and quickness for capturing iconic, moving moments, reflective of the turmoil in our lives and the simple moments that linger in our memories for years to come.

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Ralph is influenced by 20th century Dominican Republic artists, Peña-Defilló (“Papo”), Perez, and Cruz. Growing up between Managua, Santo Domingo and Miami, Ralph embraced a Caribbean color scheme of bright blues, yellows, greens and reds. Ralph explores a wide range of media and styles—from fine woodcuts to large projection mapping and immersive installations. In his work, he has also investigated the dark side of space and time, specifically through Haitian art.

The Dentist Chair, 2020 (96” x 54” each, x2) This work is an example of my photo-manipulated work inspired by a few harrowing moments in a dentist chair. The topsy, turvy world of dental torture is captured in the effects of nitrous oxide through the use of UV paint. [RM_432,433]

“The core message of my works is that human activity creates a complicated tapestry of emotions and messaging through overlapping imagery across multiple and often-repeated expressions—at times contrasting, at times eerily consistent—chaotic slices of life, gaining meaning through their juxtapositions, repetitions and temporality.”

Shanghai Subway Rush Hour, 2021 (54 x 54) This original photograph, embellished in UV , depicts the physical convergence of bodies socially distancing yet engaged with electronic devices, commuting in Shanghai, China—connected by their sameness of action, deep into their glowing screens. [RM_574]

His work, Dentist Chair with Shoes (diptych), captures a moment of trepidation and becomes topsy-turvy as the anesthesia kicks in and the surgical instruments pop off the canvas photoprint.
In another piece, Shanghai Subway, captures just such a moment—when and where the passengers commuting are frozen in their gazes, brought to life through the application of UV paint to normalize their expressions and punctuate the glowing screens.

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