Antoni Miralda (Barcelona, 1942) began his artist career in París in 1966. He became a fashion photographer for Elle magazine, and created a series of sculptures based on objects and on edible art. His first art pieces Soldats Soldés (1967-72) used little white plastic soldiers to "improve" the appearance of ordinary everyday objects. In 1972 collaborated with Benet Rosell with the film París, La Cumparsita. While living in París he began to carry out performance/installation projects that experimented with ceremonies that employed food as a creative and ritualistic element, emphasizing color and symbolism.
In the sixties he moved to New York, residing there into the nineties. During this period, Miralda developed the use of public participation and spaces built around the food. Highlights of this period include Fest für Leda, Documenta 6 (Kassel, 1977), Breadline with the video installation Texas TV Dinner (Houston, 1977), the Wheat & Steak, parade in (Kansas City,1981), Santa Comida, in which he turned to religious syncretism, fusing Yoruba cults with Catholicism for works in New York, Miami, Paris, Barcelona (1984-1989). Then, with Montse Guillén, he created the famous E Internacional restaurant in New york's Tribeca district (1984-1986). At the same time, he began to work on the Honeymoon project (1986-1992), which celebrated an imaginary wedding between the Statue of Liberty with the Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona. The project explored the ritual of marriage through the cultural fusion of the Old and New Worlds, with activities and exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Venice, Tokyo, París, Miami, Las Vegas, amongst others. In 1990 he represented Spain in the Venice Biennial, where his works included the Shoe-Gondola and the Marriage Bans and the Trousseau.
In the 1990's, he created the Food Culture Museum in order to focus on the cultural aspects of food. FoodCulturaMuseum, is a "virtual museum" for the exploration, collection, preservation, and documentation of the many fascinating connections between food, popular culture, and art. The project has evolved into an Archive and Foundation that has developed a wide range of activities and exhibitions. These include the Food Pavilion at the Hannover Expo in 2000, Power Food and Tastes and Tongues that reflect on power and the energy of food, a culinary memory and the gastro-cultural richness of diverse Latin- American and European countries. Recently the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presented De gustibus non disputandum, a retrospective of his work in the Palacio Velazquéz in Madrid.
He currently lives in Miami and Barcelona.