Born in New York City in 1964, Mieshiel Murray was raised in a family of artists. His early exposure to cutting-edge contemporary art in the SoHo arts district of Manhattan inspired him to pursue his own artistic path. Mieshiel received a BFA in graphic design in 1986 from the prestigious California Institute of Arts, where he began developing his unique, signature style combining West Coast boldness with East Coast sophistication.

Mieshiel went on to co-found Temple Art Performance (TAP) space in Los Angeles, a major center for avant-garde art installations, performance art, and music. Since 1987, he has lived in the stunning high desert of Taos, New Mexico, in an off-grid, solar-and wind-powered community, where he continues to create the vibrant, intricate colored-pencil drawings for which he is known. “Living in relative isolation close to the Earth, surrounded by so much natural beauty, allows me to venture deeply inward and inspires my work,” Mieshiel says.

Also inspired by his dreams, visions, and travels, Mieshiel’s mystical visionary art contains otherworldly symbols and creatures, hidden images and light codes, and ancient and futuristic sacred sites meant to ignite heightened sates of awareness in the viewer. 

“My art is a bridge between the ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ worlds,” says Mieshiel, who captures the shifting moods of earth and sky, and the intersection of spirit and matter, in dazzling compositions executed in an innovative blend of impressionism and surrealism with a transcendent shamanic vision.   

“I want my art to enrich people and inspire them to see the world the way I see it—as an infinite, ever-changing landscape that mirrors our inner experience,” Mieshiel says. “My art is one with the landscape and my spiritual journey.”   

Award-winning filmmaker Ted Ciesielski says, “Mieshiel’s extraordinary visionary art is like a window to the universe. It has the power to open and expand your own path of inner exploration and understanding.”

Mieshiel has participated in many solo and group exhibitions nationwide.  He also designed the interior cover art for the CD soundtrack of the film “Serafina” (Warner Brothers, 1991). More recently, his work was featured alongside that of well-known visionary artists Alex Grey and the late Pablo Amaringo in “Shamanic Illuminations,” a ground-breaking exhibition at ACA Galleries in New York City.  Mieshiel is represented by ACA Galleries and Envision Gallery in Taos. 

Mieshiel’s giclée prints, block prints, and clothing are displayed in retail stores throughout the Southwest.  Notable collectors of Mieshiel’s art include Amon Carter, Jeffrey Bronfman, Gwendolyn Grace, and Julia Roberts.