About Miles Davis

Miles Davis | Modern Surrealism Artist Bio Photo | Massive Burn Studios

Atlanta artist Miles Davis received his BFA in Painting from Auburn University in 2003 and exhibits both nationally and internationally. He currently serves as Director at Large for the South Cobb Arts Alliance and has held a previous position on the inaugural Board of Ambassadors with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.


The acrylic and mixed media art of Miles Davis explores the crossroads of modern spirituality and science and seeks to examine those complexities in an honest way. Inspired by the evolving relationship between personal and cultural identity, he uses crisp illustrative aesthetics and dramatic symbolism to engage the viewer’s sensibilities to the human condition. With visionary and dreamlike symbolism in much of his paintings, his style most closely aligns with neosurrealism, a modern day subgenre of surrealism.


Miles utilizes a relatively loose and organic process to evoke an ethereal resonance aiming to relate to even the most artistically uninitiated. Striving for a unique accessibility, Miles endeavors to bypass perceived elitist tendencies and create work that speaks to everyone despite their art education. 


The artwork of Miles Davis has been embraced worldwide, and he has achieved recognition both nationally and internationally. His paintings and murals are included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. He has worked with a number of musicians including gold selling recording artist Sevendust and is consistently doing commission work. Amid exhibiting in various galleries, expos, and shops, Miles teaches art classes and private lessons to children and adults and is creator of the children’s book series Butterpup & friends™.

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Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions



April 9-June 19 | Vibrant Shadows, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

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On Tap, Second Self Brewery, Atlanta, GA




1000 Words, South Cobb Library, Mableton, GA
in partnership with South Cobb Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts


ETC, The Gallery at Powder Springs, Powder Springs, GA




Next Level, Granite Room, Castleberry Hill, Atlanta, GA




Vital Chroma, Gallery 1526, Atlanta, GA




The Joker & The Dream, Niche, Castleberry Hill, Atlanta, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions



Spectrum Miami, Mana Wynwood Gallery, Miami, FL


Myth, Superfine Art Shows, New York City, NY


Philo Poém, M.A.D.S. Milano Gallery, Milan, Italy




Metro Montage XX, Marietta, Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA


Spectrum Miami, Mana Wynwood Gallery, Miami, FL


Select group exhibitions in constant rotation

Selected Awards & Grants



Best of Cobb, Visual Artist – Third Place


Gallery Ring, Colourful – Honorable Mention


Artavita, Hope – Awarded Artist




Artavita, 46th Online Competition – Finalist


Artavita, 43rd Online Competition – Finalist




Artavita, COVID Dreams – Winner


Artavita, 40th Online Competition – Runner Up


Artavita, Art in the Time of Coronavirus – Runner Up


Circle Foundation for the Arts, Artist of the Year – Honorable Mention




Graphic Design USA, Best Branding Experience (Pratt Stacks Mural)


Obie Awards, Best Condominium Sales Center – Gold (Pratt Stacks Mural)




Selected Artist for the National Endowment for the Arts Grant through South Cobb Arts Alliance




99x Heineken City Showcase – Winner




House of Scratch, Toronto, Canada – Best of the Best Winner