Ruben natal-san miguel
12/5/2016 - 01/01/2017
Ruben Natal-San Miguel –American, is a photographer, curator, writer, art collector, consultant and architect .
His work has been shown nationally and internationally at Museum of African American Art of Philadelphia , Griffin Museum of Photography, Makeshift Museum in Los Angeles Ca., The Print Center in Cleveland , Ohio, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, NW Center of Photography Seattle, WA., Asya Geisberg Gallery, SoHo Photo Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery , City Seminary Museum New York; Finch & Ada, New York; Kris Graves Projects, Fuchs Projects, Station Independent Projects, Art in Flux Harlem, Castell Gallery in NC, Hous Projects, New York and Los Angeles, University of Washington, Seattle; Art in FLUX Harlem, Picture Black Friday 2009 and 2011, A Decade of Photographs 2000-2011, The New York Public Library 2010 -2014. Karyn Mannix Contemporary, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, L' Maision D Art Gallery, SCOPE NYC & Miami, Acqua Art Fair During Miami Art Basel, PULSE NYC, Art Chicago, Zona MAco, Mexico City, Photo LA , Phillips Auction House and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. His photography and curated shows has been published in several publications among New York Magazine, The New York Times,The Huffington Post, L Magazine, ARTnet, American Suburb X, MTV.com, Ebony.com, Soul train.com, Lenscratch.com. FeatureShoot.com, Slate Magazine.com. The Bushwick Daily, DNA Info NY, Flavorwire NY, A Daily Curator, Time OUT, The Atlantic, Aperture Foundation magazine, Daily News, Wink Magazine, Urban Italy Magazine, French Photo, American Photo, ARTForum, Musee, and The New Yorker. In 2013, He won the Photo District News Magazine Portrait competition. Recently, Apple licensed a one time fee usage for the image "Marcy's Playground" for a new Apple application and website use. His " Water Rituals" image series was selected for the prestigious Billboard Collective to be on display in Los Angeles, CA in December 2016.
He has also collaborated in several projects with prominent artists including Magnum Photographer Susan Meiselas for a project about the identity of The Puerto Rican Flag shown at the Museum Park de la Villette, Paris, France April 7- July 6, 2009.
For the past fourteen years during the summer months, Ruben has traveled by bicycle throughout Upper Manhattan camera in hand in search of what is like to live in NYC areas that, till most recently and for many prior many decades, had been ignored by the government and most of society. This is not the “Sex and The City” Manhattan that most people clamor and aim for. Ruben has been able to find, not only a vibrant and colorful vision of that other Manhattan but, also a happy, endearing and very meaningful life lesson of what is like when the human spirit and communities make the best of others may considered to be so little.
Ruben Natal-San Miguel holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural College and Finance and Business Administration from Boston University. He works and lives in Manhattan NYC where after 20+ years he continues to live.