During the 1960's, before Miguel was born, his father, Wilfredo Calvo Bono, was an architect in Cuba who designed schools and hospitals. When he refused to join the Communist party, the government required that he work in the fields cutting sugar cane for two years. Finally permission was granted for him to leave the country. Miguel's mother was seven months pregnant so in order to board the plane, she needed to wrap herself in a girdle to hide her belly. Soon afterwards, Miguel was born prematurely. His parents immediately sought refuge with his "Auntie Doctura" a doctor who lived in Madrid. She took them in and there they lived for several years. His dad, having no other means of support, began to make paintings to sell on the street. He painted one thing only and hundreds of them: Mushrooms! -every single species of that had ever been categorized -carefully rendered from a scientific volume he had procured. The paintings were small enough to fit into a suitcase. Tourists loved them and they sold well. By the time Miguel turned seven, they moved to Ohio, where his dad worked as an architect for many years.
Miguel has been working in the hospitality and design industry for most of his life, from owning his first place, Global 33, to designing Stephan Starr's Continental Martini Bar. If you were lucky enough to have attended the William Grant party at the World War II Museum during the 2011 TOC event, you'll understand that Miguel creates multi dimensional events that are nothing short of spectacular.
"I love the soul of an event and dreaming them up," explains Miguel:. " where the marriage of drink, food, and design galvanize peoples' senses." One of most recent projects was to work with the Wayu Indians in Columbia to develop designs that for the furniture store, West Elm. It is not surprising that from such a creative and adventurous father came a son who not only followed suit, but continues to expand the medium, and maybe even change some lives in the process.