MEET THE ARTIST: EDUARDO MILIERIS
'I choose the path of creation as a lifestyle, with a strong belief in the transformative, reflective power of art in our daily lives.''
Eduardo Milieris was born in 1960 in Montevideo, Uruguay to hardworking parents who believed in education and the power of art. From a young age, Milieris was exposed to all of the art world culture that the Uruguayan metropolis had to offer. From the early age of five he created conceptual compositions. They were only spirals, enough to fill a notebook, but his wide-reaching young mind titled them, “Cruel Worlds.” Looking back, Milieris remembers them to be inspired by a cartoon character flushing himself down a toilet before saying, “goodbye, cruel world.” The spirals were action drawings, swirls of water down a drain. At the age of ten he saw his first Calder show, and the shapes and colors of the mobiles, their form, function, balance, and dynamism hypnotized the young boy. With each year a new inspiration, Miro, Kandinsky, Pollock; always colorful, always dynamic. At Milieris’ bar mitzvah he received his first wristwatch and the role of functionality radicalized his views of aesthetics. In his following teen years he studied key components of watchmaking, like engraving, enamels, and glasswork, as well as taking up photography.