Isabel Miramontes is born in Santiago de Compostella (Spain). This eminent place of pilgrimage, which is of Celtic origin, still fascinates her and remains for her a magical area. However the artist grew up and did her studies in Belgium. She obtained a teaching diploma in Fine Arts at the Institut Sainte Marie. She continued her training at the Fine Arts Academy of Saint-Gilles, in Patrick Pouillart’s studio, where she acquired a solid experience of drawing and sketching from live models.
It was in a sculptor friend’s studio, that she discovered and fell in love with sculpture. It became her preferred mode of expression. Every day, Miramontes shuts herself up in her studio. There, echoing her sketches, she fervently fashions the clay, explores new shapes to give body to her interior life and convey her vision of the world. Struck by a silhouette, a movement, a symbol, a thought, Isabel Miramontes translates the human pose with profound and sincere emotion.
The visual language of Miramontes represents the human being in all the ambiguity of its power and fragilty. It shows its confinement and yearning for liberty, its dreams and triumphs. Her fascinating figure, the synthesis of forms and thoughts, expresses the reality of life with its moments. It can be moments of joy, but also drama and introspection.