MICHAEL KLEIN

American  B. 1980

BIOGRAPHY

 

B. 1980; Born in Minot, North Dakota; currently lives in Raleigh, NC

 

Michael Klein is a burgeoning artist in the realist movement creating melancholic paintings that have a distinct, contemplative quality. Klein grew up in the Midwest where he developed a special connection with nature and a desire to express himself accurately through his work. He began his academic training at just 19 with Richard Whitney and subsequently enrolled in Richard Lack’s The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. Still searching for further enrichment, he moved to New York City to study at The Art Students League of New York. He completed his formal studies as an apprentice to Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier.

 

Klein’s paintings have a brooding energy emanating from them, a silent, almost exotic, narrative; this quixotic stillness takes his work from being just a nod to 19th century artists such as Whistler and elevates it to a contemporary contemplation of the past and present. The surfaces of his paintings reveal variations in paint density - from the thinly painted transparent darks to the richly textured built up lights, thus giving way to a lacquered quality, and the intentionally limited color palette creates a dramatic counterpoint. Thematically, many of Klein’s pieces feel like mysterious vignettes, leaving his story unfinished and all the more fascinating.

 

Klein is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, California, and Massachusetts and has participated in several exhibitions throughout the United States. With the help of his wife, he developed American Painting Video Magazine in 2009. Klein currently lives and works in Raleigh NC and maintains a studio in his wife’s hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE


Training

2002-2005 Apprentice to Jacob Collins, New York

2002 Art Students League of New York, Studied under Nelson Shanks

2001-2002 Atelier, Minneapolis, MN

1999-2000 Studied with Richard Whitney

 

Awards

2016 - William Draper F. Grand Prize given by the Portrait Society of America, Washington D.C.

Art Renewal's Second International Salon Competition, Second Place (Landscape)

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, Top Honor for the Francis Larkin McCommon

Scholarship

American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL, First place for best achievement in scholarship contest

 

Membership

ACPAL- America, China Oil Painters Leauge

 

Publications

American Artist, '25 Artists of Tomorrow' Fall 2012

American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2012

American Artist Drawing, "Premiere Issue" Classical Approaches To The Teaching Of Drawing

American Art Collector, March 2008

 

Exhibitions

2014

Showroom Exhibition, Klein/LaRock Studios, NY, NYCU

Still Life Paintings, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

2012

New Work, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

2010

One Man Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

2008

Premiere One Man Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

2007

US Artists American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

2006

Boston International Art Show, Cyclorama, Boston, MA

US Artists American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA

Los Angeles Art Show presented by FADA, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA

2005

Inaugural Small Works Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

US Artists American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA

2004

Apex Gallery, Washington, D.C. "New York Realists