About Michael Israel
Michael Israel is a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances and inspiring compassion and support for many charities including the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Komen Breast Cancer, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike speed painting at prestigious venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake with Brooks & Dunn, the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting with Warren Buffett, and Presidential events in Washington, DC.
Michael’s audience must only be present to be drawn in, engaged, and energized. His live-action painting viscerally makes the connection between music, art, and the viewer’s heart – there are audible gasps as he works his magic, passing energy back and forth with the cheering crowd during an experience they will remember the rest of their lives!
A testament to the emotional and inspirational power of his art is that paintings completed in minutes have sold for $250,000! He has sold millions of dollars of artwork and dedicates most of his time, talent, and finances to helping charities.
Michael was born in New York during the mayhem of the ’60s; he began painting at age 2. His childhood was split between a nomadic life traveling across America with his father and an aquatic life aboard a houseboat with his sea captain mother.
By age 6 he was obsessed with martial arts and became a black belt national champion at 17; he credits martial arts training for his super-fast painting, and his bohemian life for his unique vision.
Michael Israel’s motto: “When Imagination Exceeds Reality, Dreams are Born!”