Pennsylvania-born, Connecticut-based fine artist Michael Wagner does portraits and all sorts of figurative painting, something that has fascinated him for most of his life. Having a background in art education, he has jumped from one occupation to another, finally landing on something he truly wants to do.
Having first a career in graphic design and video production, and then moving to law enforcement in 1999 as a forensic artist, “Mike” has realized his true calling in painting. His odd backgrounds have given him a unique tool – combining human psychology with visual aesthetics. As a result, he has very detailed, colorful portraits that are so fascinatingly close to reality.
We at TAE learned that this talented creative considers himself a “Pop Realist,” which stems from growing up in the late sixties and getting exposed in the midst of a music revolution. For the artist, via his website, “every face has its own unique map and conveys a sense of depth captured best with paint and a brush.”
Using mainly acrylics, Mike uses the grid method in making his astoundingly huge portraits. Because of his exposure to and love of music, a lot of his subjects would be musicians. See if you recognize any of these music and pop culture faces!
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What’s next for Mike? He’ll be part of Artwalk in Stamford Downtown, which goes on from Friday, June 26 (5-8pm) Saturday, June 27 (2-6pm). For more details, check out this page.
All images are from the artist. Thanks for reading!