Philip Munoz’ photorealist figure paintings reveal his concern with the notion of glamour and its role in female social identity. Interested in the idea of beauty through transformation, the British painter is particularly engaged by the highly personalized looks adorned by so many women today.
Munoz is attracted to the vibrant and youthful, care-free characters he sees everyday outside the doors of his Bristol studio and draws inspiration from people in the urban context, whether a close-up examination of the glamorous and modified, adorned with tattoos and piercings or a figure caught in a fleeting moment of city life. The artist is an autodidact, having graduated with a degree in biochemistry at the University of Bristol, Great Britain. While making their United States debut at Tangent Contemporary Art in San Francisco, his works have previously been exhibited in galleries and private collections throughout Europe.