World-renowned artist Michael Israel can be best described as Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso–an artist, entertainer, and humanitarian whose expression is part David Copperfield, part Jackson Pollack, part Jackie Chan, but all Michael Israel. A leader of the newest art renaissance, flamboyant, rock star sexy and charismatic, Michael electrifies arena-sized audiences with little more than paint and passion.
Michael believes that great art reaches beyond the senses and sensibilities to touch the soul. Throughout his career, he has steadfastly used his art to further humanitarian causes. His work has raised millions for over 60 charitable organizations including the Special Olympics, the All-Star Children’s Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Charities are grateful, not only for the money raised by auctioning Michaels artwork but, moreover, for the ripple effect of his performances that increase awareness for a charity’s mission and bring new and long-term donors.
Michael dazzles with gravity-defying leaps to launch seemingly random splashes of paint that dance across canvasses in near constant motion upside down, sideways, every which way but up. When he finally does spin the canvas right-side up, its clear his strokes are anything but random: what looked like mere splashes now reveal larger-than-life images that encompasses popular cultural icons, including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Elton John; sports legends, such as Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods; as well his own creations that tell a heart warming story: a firefighter cradling a child in the shadow of the Twin Towers or some other masterpiece.
His artistic journey began as a child painting on the walls of his parents home. Now, Michaels work has gone on to touch the lives of millions.
Michael has performed at some of the worlds most celebrated venues, while sharing those stages with some of the worlds most prominent figures. Whether performing at a Presidential Gala, Monte Carlo, Portugal, Las Vegas or on the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake City, creating a $100,000 portrait of billionaire investor Warren Buffet at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting or sharing stages with musical legends Garth Brooks, Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen, Michael has garnered notable recognition across the globe proving his axiom:
When imagination exceeds reality, dreams are born!