Born in Las Palmas, Espanha, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since 1980, the photographer is a correspondent for Magnum, but since 83, with his participation in the Bienal of São Paulo with the installation “Dialogs with Amaú”, he turned his way to use less and less descriptive photography, and began to devote exclusively to personal projects, where the picture merges with the experience of painting and cinema.
Nowadays he is one of the most internationally projected artist, with a resumé filled with exhibitions in spaces of great prestige, as their individual “Out of Nowhere”, at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands (2006), “Cries Deaf in meetings of Arles Photography” (2005), La Douleur Plaisir, in the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris (2005) and his last show being in possession of Kulturhuset Stockholm.
He has received several awards, including the Prix de la Critique Kodak Photographique (1982), Rockefeller Foundation (1993); Bolsa Vitae Arts / Photography (1993), the National Photography Prize, Funarte (1995), and Prix du Livre Photo , Arles, France (1997) and more recently, the Award of Photography Porto Seguro, Brazil (2009).
Miguel Rio Branco won in 2010, a pavilion in the contemporary art center, Inhotim (MG), a space that the artist believes that is the most exciting proposed communion between art and nature.