Born in Mexico and based in New York, an avid traveler and folk art researcher, Miguel Cossio is a visual artist and writer/director of performance pieces. His interest is the Native American and Latin American experience, and ritual art forms from Native Cultures from around the Globe, and their ever changing circumstances. His performances pieces are often satirical, incorporating poetry, mythology, mask and puppets, face and body painting, and tribal art. Many of his “universal” stories evolve into new contexts, as has similarly happened with the trans-culturalisation and consumerism shaping native traditions all around the World.
Some of his latest expressions: “Popol Vuh” produced and presented at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC; “On How the Three Wise men got lost in New York on their way to Bethlehem” produced by CTMD and presented at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC; and “Day of the Dead” produced and presented at the National Museum of the American Indian/ Smithsonian in NYC.
His interest in the folk art traditions and ritualistic art forms from Native American lore and their continuous and evolving changes are at the core of his installation pieces and most of his visual work. In addition to working with Feel the Music!< Miguel has presented many educational programs with such prestigious arts organizations as Henry Street Settlement, City Lore, and Young Audiences New York; and has been regularly exhibited in galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Latin America.