ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
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  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

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  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


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Who was Joan Miró? What are some interesting facts about him and his life? Where are his best works now?

Who was Joan Miró? What are some interesting facts about him and his life? Where are his best works now?

This year marks the 129th birthday of one of the greatest surrealist artists, Joan Miró. A prolific creative, his works are transcendental—an exploration of the subconscious through abstract and meditative art. 

You might look at a Miró painting and think “Even a kid could do that.” But there lies his work’s profound nature. In his late life, Miró returned to childlike imagery. His art is a statement of playful creativity and a lifelong interest in the unknown.

Let’s take a look at the Catalan artist’s life, his philosophy, and how his work changed the landscape of art during the dawn of the modern age.

Fast facts:

Full Name: Joan Miró i Ferra

Date of Birth: 20 April 1893

Place of Birth: Barcelona, Spain

Date of Death: 25 December 1983 (90 years old)

Place of Death: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Known For: Surrealist abstract painting and sculpture

Fun Fact: In the ‘70s, Miró created a tapestry that hung in the lobby of New York’s World Trade Center. It’s considered to be one of the most valuable artworks destroyed during the September 11 attacks.

So who was Joan Miró?


Joan Miró was a painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona, Spain. He’s most known for his abstract paintings and surreal, life-like sculptures. A leading figure in the surrealism art movement, Joan Miró’s work is highly symbolic, a recreation of the childlike. The founder of surrealism, Andre Breton, even described Joan Miró as, “Probably the most Surrealist of us all.”

Inspired by Freud, Miró was interested in exploring the subconscious mind. Still, he disliked aligning himself formally with art movements so as not to restrict his creativity. 

As a result of his exposure to his contemporaries—creatives and intellectuals in Paris during the 1920s—his work traverses from Cubic, expressionist paintings to a more surreal, magic-realist quality. Many of Miró’s paintings are also manifestations of Catalan nationalism—a reflection of his life spent during the most tumultuous years in 20th century Spain.

Early life and first forays into art

Portrait of Vincent Nubiola (1917)

Joan Miró was born on 20 April 1893 in Barcelona, Spain to a family of artisans. His father was a watchmaker and goldsmith. At the age of seven, Miró attended drawing classes at a medieval mansion. 

Much like many frustrated artists, Miró faced much discouragement when it came to his artistry. His father didn’t approve of an art career. He preferred his son to have a career in business. So at the age of 14, Joan Miró enrolled simultaneously in business school and the school of fine arts at La Llotja. Afterward, he worked as a clerk—a short-lived career in finance as he sooner suffered a nervous breakdown.  

Leaving the world of business for good, Miró went back to studying art. Miró’s parents purchased a summer home in Mont-Roig, a countryside town in Spain, for him to recover mentally and physically. There he devoted his time to making art—painting landscapes and portraits, experimenting with bold colors and Cubic shapes.

Miró found an early supporter in art collector Josep Dalmau. In 1918, he had his first solo exhibition at the collector’s own Les Galeries Dalmau. The paintings on display were heavily influenced by the Cubists and Fauvists—with vivid colors much like Van Gogh and Cezanne. However, his work wasn't kindly received. He only managed to sell one work. 

Paris and the Surrealists


Following the disastrous exhibition in Barcelona, Joan Miró migrated to Paris. Up until that point, the artist longed for a life in the great City of Lights. In a letter to fellow artist E.C. Ricart, Miró wrote, “If I have to live much longer in Barcelona I will be asphyxiated by the atmosphere.”

And so from 1919 onward, he’d shuffle between Paris and his home in Spain. Miró was one of the many artists to migrate to Paris and instigate a renewed belle époque during the 1920s. While most of these foreign creatives eventually became French citizens, Miró always kept to his Catalan roots. Perhaps distance truly makes the heart grow fonder, as his time in Paris made him reflect on his home in Barcelona.

The mid-1920s marked a huge shift in Miró’s art. He began venturing from Catalonian landscapes, into more surrealist imagery. From pure memory, Miró painted The Farm, an abstract landscape later purchased by none other than Ernest Hemingway. It’s a detailed inventory of his idyllic countryside life in Mont-Roig. There’s a mix of realism and abstraction in this piece. He juxtaposes an absurd landscape with snippets of Catalan life.

During this time, he met with major figures in the Dada and Surrealist art movement. Though he never formally aligned himself with the surrealists, they claimed him as one of their own. Influenced by Paul Klee, Miró began creating “dream pictures” and “imaginary landscapes,” making poetry of painting.

During the early 1930s, he made Surrealist sculptures incorporating painted stones and found objects. 

 Art as freedom


To understand Joan Miró is to understand his circumstances. You’ll find much of his work is dedicated to Catalonia. Joan Miró grew up in the age of the Catalan Independence Movement as well as an unstable period rife with war—the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 

His works evoke a sense of freedom and liberty, his sense of nationalism helped him uphold his Catalan identity, sustained throughout his working life. Not to mention, he lived through perhaps the worst years of the 20th century—an era of war and brutality—and yet he painted through it all. 

Perhaps for Joan Miró, creativity became both a commitment to Catalonia and also an escape from reality. 

In 1936 Miró left Spain because of the civil war; he returned in 1941. Miró’s works take on a violent and angry tone then. Civil unrest brewed in Spain and World War II was on the horizon. Painting became Miró’s avenue to speak up about the turmoil happening in his homeland. 

At the advent of the Spanish Civil War and the rise of dictator Francisco Franco, Miró lived in exile in France with his wife Pilar and daughter Dolores. By this time, his works take on a darker, more violent tone—a symbolic commentary on the violence brewing in both his homeland and across Europe. 

He reached a breakthrough in 1939, after moving to the French countryside in Normandy. There he turned to art to escape and transcend reality through his renowned Constellations series. 

But this time painting was cut short upon the declaration of World War II and Germany’s subsequent occupation of France. He and his family escaped to Palma de Mallorca in Spain, his paintings rolled up under his arm. As tensions in Spain eased, he returned to his summer home of Mont-Roig, continuing and completing the Constellations series there.

He returned to shuffling between Spain and Paris once the wars ended in 1948. From then on, his works became spontaneous whilst evoking his mastery of the art form.

Surrealism as a venture into the subconscious


Miró pioneered and developed the style of automatic drawing—also known as surrealist automatism or even psychic automatism—which kickstarted Surrealism as an art movement. It’s an art technique in which one freely lets their mind move the pen or brush over paper or canvas. Miró often talked about letting go of control while painting. He allowed spontaneity and free-flowing emotions to overtake the creative process.

Through this art form, Miró unleashed his subconscious and expressed his innermost thought and feeling. 

Art became ritual. You’d find Joan Miró in his studio painting and sculpting religiously. And while his artworks looked distorted and hallucinatory, Miró describes his work as “dream paintings.” You’ll find many symbols repeatedly appearing in his works: birds, eyes, and celestial figures like the moon.

Never too late to start


Joan Miró gained international success in the latter half of his life, during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In his old age, he had numerous retrospective exhibits from New York to London to Paris. This was also the most prolific era for Miró. Without Joan Miró, we probably wouldn’t have the American abstract expressionists like Pollock and Rothko. 

Since his youth, Joan Miró was always experimenting. Always creating. Such that in his later life, he began to reap the fruits of his labor. Following World War II, Joan Miró was commissioned to create sculptures, murals, and tapestries for major locations in America and Europe. One such work is the pair of ceramic murals before the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. For that, he received the Great International Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. 

In 1962, the city of Paris paid tribute to Miró with a major exhibition of his best works in the Musee National d’Art Moderne. 

In 1975, Joan Miró opened his eponymous Fundació Joan Miró up on the hill of Montjuïc in Barcelona. His concept was to encourage the public to see and appreciate art. It’s a must-visit destination if you ever find yourself in Barcelona as the museum houses the largest collection of Joan Miró’s work.

Curious Facts About Joan Miró

Why is Joan Miró so famous? I’d like to think it’s because he refused to limit his creativity. Always thinking outside the box, Joan Miró explored and mastered nearly every medium between painting and sculpture. Here are more fun facts about the great Catalan artist.

Joan Miró started fingerpainting in his 80s


Most kids start their creative journey with fingerpainting. Joan Miró closed his decades-long career with it. His later works have a raw and childlike emotional disposition compared to his surreal paintings in the 1920s. Miró used to say he painted like a gardener, making marks and even scorching the canvas, attacking the task every day. 

He used just about anything to make art, even his body. Miró would punch and step on the canvas with paint, even laying it on the floor so he could walk all over it.

Despite his chaotic works, Joan Miró kept his studio (and life) in total order


Miró’s friend Jacques Dupin wrote plenty about Miró. He lauded how the artist’s studio was “utterly free of disorder or excess.” Canvases were piled up and laid out sequentially. Miró took meticulous care of his paintbrushes, cleaning them ASAP, and arranging them by size. Even his paint was arranged in intentional sequence. 

His sense of order in life, ironically, does not translate to the anarchy of his creations. On his habits, Dupin wrote, “Nothing is left to chance, not even in his daily habits: there is a time to take a walk, a time to read, there is a time to be with his family and there is a time to work.”

Need some inspiration on how to be like Miró in his studio? Here are some art studio hacks for organizing your your time and space!

Joan Miró is one of the most prolific artists of our time


Throughout his life, Joan Miró created approximately 2,000 paintings, 500 sculptures, 400 ceramics, 5,000 drawings, and 1,000 lithographs. In his late life, he even released up to 250 illustrated books or Livres D’artiste (artist’s books). Kind of like the zines we have today.

He’s one of the very few artists who ever lived that mastered just about every art medium he tried.

The lost World Trade Center tapestry

In the early 70s, Joan Miró was commissioned to create a large tapestry for the World Trade Center in New York. Initially, the artist declined as he had little experience but changed his mind in the end. Together with his Catalan contemporary, tapestry artist Josep Royo, he created a large-format tapestry spanning 11 meters wide and 6 meters tall. The abstract piece was a quilt patchwork made with wool and hemp and weighed up to 4 tons. 

It’s one of the most expensive artworks lost to the September 11 attacks.

Joan Miró’s famous works: Where are they now?

Miró’s signature experimental style was born, much like many Spanish magic realists, from a desire to escape from repression. That, and his disdain for the glass ceiling brought about by bourgeois art. He liked to call his work an “assassination of painting.” Perhaps due to the discouragement, he experienced early in his artist career, he also disliked art critics.

Each piece is raw creativity. Miró was known to enter a hallucinatory state to paint. He would also often “torture” the canvas—destroying it as a way of creating something new. In his final years, he worked with different art media and techniques: ceramics, sculpture, collage, lyrical abstraction, and even finger painting.

Here are some works born from Joan Miró’s lifelong experimentation with creativity—and where you can see them in person.

1. The Farm (1922), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.



Joan Miró worked on this painting up to eight hours a day for nine months, between Mont-Roig and Paris. It’s a summary of his life on a farm, though it’s anything but mundane. Here he goes back to his roots, erasing the irrelevant and instead, painting the essence of Catalan. Later, writer Ernest Hemingway bought this painting as a birthday gift to his wife. The painting became one of his most beloved possessions.

2. The Hunter (Catalan Landscape), (1923-24), Museum of Modern Art, New York

Another Miró painting that draws inspiration from his family home in Mont-Roig. Here you see an abstract and surreal representation of Catalan that’s even truer than nature. If you want to view it in person, head to the MoMA in New York. See if you can spot the complex symbols Joan Miró used to document his life: Spanish flags, soaring birds, the hunter with a smoking pipe and gun, and his fallen prey.

3. Still Life With Old Shoe (1937), Museum of Modern Art, New York

This dark and acidic oil painting is often compared to the Guernica, by Miró’s friend and mentor Pablo Picasso. Not for its size, but for its context, as it was done over a four-month period of intense concentration and in response to the Spanish Civil War. Still Life With Old Shoe depicts tragic symbols of wartime before a backdrop on fire: a fork piercing an apple, a bottle, and the titular old shoe. 

4. Moonbird (1946), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

Joan Miró is one of the few artists who mastered just about every medium—and that includes the sculpture. One of his first sculptures, molded painstakingly by hand, is this strange cosmic bird. He made Moonbird—also known as the Lunar Bird—in 1946. Miró had a lifelong fascination with birds, viewing them as the connection between our terrestrial world and the celestial world.

It was enlarged and cast again in 1967. You’ll find one in Washington DC and another outside New York’s MoMA.

5. The Red Sun (1950), The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

Once Miró fully embraced the surreal, he began reducing his subjects to their simplest forms. The Red Sun clearly shows how much he was influenced by the Parisian surrealists and poets. He also spent time in New York during the 1940s, meeting the likes of Jackson Pollock and getting overwhelmed by the stark urban landscapes. This work captures Joan Miró’s artistic simplicity and his philosophy of painting as rediscovering one’s human feelings.

6. Blue Series (1960-61), Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Blue I


Blue II


Blue III

My personal favorite, Triptych Bleu or Miró’s blue series is a trio of massive oil paintings you can lose yourself into. Standing at 2 meters tall and 3 meters wide, it shows the playfulness of his later period. If you feel tranquil looking at these paintings, it’s because Miró made these in a meditative state. His abstractions represent his own lucid and subconscious dreamscapes.

7. May 1968 (1973),  Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

Miró was known to speak out against political issues through his art. Though it may not look it at first, Mai 68 is titled after the period of student protests and civil unrest in France. It’s more about the feeling. Spend some time before this piece and you’ll notice the anger and anxiety popping out at you from the canvas. 

8. Woman and Bird (1983), Joan Miró Park, Barcelona

Spotted in central Barcelona, Joan Miró’s ambitious and final artwork, Woman and Bird, looks anything but! Vividly colored and gargantuan at 21 meters tall, this sculpture is a landmark in Miró’s home country. His motivation? To cement his legacy. It’s also one of his final works. The sculpture was completed in 1983, just a few months before the artist passed away. He was unable to attend its unveiling due to poor health.

Go with the flow and let your subconscious overtake your next masterpiece!

We hope this story gave you some creative inspiration! Will you be trying out automatic drawing like Joan Miró? What new artistic ways of exploring the subconscious are you excited to try next? If you need more instruction or help with your art, do check out the Toolkit section on the ZenART Supplies blog! Good luck!



Belle O. Mapa is a writer and artist based in Manila, Philippines. She believes that everyone is born with an inner creative spirit—we just need to nurture and discover it on the blank page. Currently, she lives out her passion: writing stories, hosting journaling workshops, and advocating for mental health awareness.

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