Miriam’s art and artistic practice are emblematic of cross-cultural understanding and respect for human rights, for this reason she has been nominated for the 2014 Sydney Peace Art Prize. All of Miriam’s oil paintings emerge from these humanitarian themes and are exquisitely realised in her two iconic bodies of work “The Pugilist Passion” and “9/11-The Chilean Military Coup”.
Miriam’s art transposes rich colours to create an alternate reality. Set amongst Baroque grandeur the ‘9/11’ series disarms the viewer with scenes of Chile’s unfolding military coup, juxtaposed by sensitive, tranquil family vignettes. In the ‘Passion’ series Miriam honours the oral histories of Aboriginal boxing legends. She employs religious allegory to interpret their evocative stories on a grand scale.
Miriam came to Australia with her family as a child having narrowly escaped the first 9/11 (Pinochet’s coup). Those early familial experiences contributed to a profound interest in civil rights, indigenous peoples (ancestry) and social justice.
In 1993 Miriam with her brother Victor founded a business that focuses on creative collaboration, advocacy and outreach clientele. Through MLC Gallery she has organised and participated in over 40 exhibitions dedicated to human rights and peace, showcasing the work of refugee, GLBTI and Indigenous artists.
Miriam has been acknowledged nationally and internationally with multiple awards for her contribution to art, education and cross-cultural engagement. She runs reconciliation themed workshops collaborating with councils, NAIDOC and the University of Sydney. This August she was awarded in the USA for “her career contribution to fostering cultural understanding utilizing sport allegory in art.”