Full name: Miguel Alexandre Oliveira Garcia.
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal, 1976.
Miguel Garcia’s dream in high school was to become a Veterinarian, but a sudden interest into art and art history turn his academic expectations towards another path when he discovered about the growing world of Heritage and Art Conservation. In 1996, Miguel concluded high school through a professional/ technical school called “Escola Profissional de Recuperação do Património (E.P.R.P). A school that specializes in the conservation and restoration of works of art. There, he chose Woods as his specialty and since then “Furniture and Wooden Objects” has been his focused area in which he’s developed studies and conservation treatments. Years later he returned to the same school as a teacher where he taught the studies of “Wood Technologies” for following eight semesters.
In 2002, after completing his Masters in Conservation, in concentration on Furniture and Wooden Objects, at the Nova University of Lisbon, he was invited to become a specialist of the conservation of wooden easel panels, mostly focusing on early European Portuguese and Flemish master paintings that make part of some portuguese Museum’s collections.
From 2007 to 2009, he has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. as an Assistant Conservator, being part of interesting projects concerning study and conservation of wooden polychromed art works. He intends to grow even more on academic standards and become associated with the noble Institutions across America and worldwide. More recently, again joined the Met Museum for another conservation project that will run until 2019.