Second Skin Series

Miguel Vallinas, B. 1974, Valladolid, Spain

Miguel Vallinas Prieto is a Madrid based photographer famed for his endearing and thought provoking “Second Skin Series”, whereby the artist studies the animal within us all. Seeking to explore the intimate self of a human being, with his “human like” animal portraits”, one could also call “animal like human portraits”. He urges the viewer to look right through the window of the soul, to identify the animal inside of each and every one of us.

Second Skin Series

In his long-running portrait series, artist Miguel Vallinas uses photographic portraits of wildlife as a starting point to construct fictional wardrobes that he imagines each animal might wear if it were dressed as a human. Vallinas has an uncanny ability to select the perfect colours and textures for each outfit he photographs, bestowing the animals with a clear sense of character and an unusual authenticity.

Miguel describes the artworks as “human portraits that reveal the animal within us”.

“These second skins”, Miguel explains, “suggest options, possibilities and ultimately choices” of interpretations of our finery that might not be so open to us if they were standard portraits.

On the surface, Second Skins is a humorous series of portraits guaranteed for a smile, but dig a bit deeper and Vallinas suggests the images reveal a more about human nature than the animal kingdom. Specifically, how we perceive people based on appearance and how we create narratives in our mind based wholly on what we see.

Title: Portrait No 3

Retail price: EUR 2200

Dimensions: 70″ x 50″

Medium: Photography

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Signed Miguel Valinas and dated 2015 on the rear of the artwork.

Title: Portrait No 36

Retail price: EUR 2200

Dimensions: 70″ x 50″

Medium: Photography

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Signed Miguel Valinas and dated 2015 on the rear of the artwork.

Title: Portrait No 7

Retail price: EUR 2200

Dimensions: 70″ x 50″

Medium: Photography

Framed

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Signed Miguel Valinas and dated 2015 on the rear of the artwork.

Title: Portrait No 9

Retail price: EUR 2200

Dimensions: 70″ x 50″

Medium: Photography

Framed

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Signed Miguel Valinas and dated 2015 on the rear of the artwork.

Title: Portrait No 29

Retail price: EUR 2200

Dimensions: 70″ x 50″

Medium: Photography

Framed

Full authenticity

Signed Miguel Valinas and dated 2015 on the rear of the artwork.