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Michael Israel (Short Bio)

 

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. 

Michael was born in 1960 in New York and 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 national black belt champion by 17; he credits martial arts training for his super-fast painting. 

He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike 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 as high as $250,000!

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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. 

Born in New York during the mayhem of the 60s, Michael’s artistic journey began at the age of 2, when his mother caught him painting on the walls of their home, and promptly critiqued his work with a sharp smack on the bottom! “Michael laughingly says, “It’s been parental revenge ever since!”

Michael has ventured beyond the traditional and accepted styles and “norms” of art and has touched millions of people around the world painting larger-than-life Icons on giant canvasses in rhythm to music in only minutes! “Hero,” Michael’s 9/11 painting performance has garnered over 13-million views and is shown in schools, colleges, and universities.

Michael’s childhood was spent 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 often training 8 hours a day and found spending nights sleeping on the dojo (karate school) floor. Michael became a USKA Grand National Black Belt champion at 17; he credits his Sensei (teacher) and martial arts training for his super-fast painting. 

Michael ran his karate school side by side with his art studio until touring doing shows took him out of his studio and away from his dojo to sharing prestigious stages around the world with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike. Noted venues he has performed at include 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 has lived his motto:  “When Imagination Exceeds Reality, Dreams are Born!” by rising from starving artist to world-renowned artist and humanitarian who as given millions to many charities. Even more astonishing is that Michael’s artistic renown was accomplished outside of the norm without the help of traditional art exhibitions, galleries, or museums. 

About Michael’s Live Performances

Michael asks little from his audience, all they must do is be present to be drawn in, engaged and energized. He visibly 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!

 

Navy SEAL, Bob Schoultz

Director, Master of Science in Global Leadership

School of Business Administration

The University of San Diego had this to say:

 

“You had our full attention, and we knew that we were in the presence of something extraordinary, something different from anything most of us had ever seen before… What really impressed me was how you and your performance created a bridge between the military and business worlds, and the world of artistic creativity. You gave them an experience they won’t forget about how an artist can capture the imagination and create a new understanding of the world we live in. Your creative interpretation and blending of pop-culture with patriotism and love of country gave us new insights into the power of art. And of course, the dollars your paintings brought to support programs to support Naval Special Warfare Families will make a huge difference in the morale of spouses and children in families bearing the burden of our fighting men spending so much time deployed”

A few more reviews

“This legitly brought tears to my eyes. For the 4th time watching it… I’m 17 years old and a guy… I can admit this does… I may not believe in God… but bless you, Michael! 

I love this man… I had the honor of seeing him live, and I’ll never forget it…”

“Hooah!! That rocked brother!! Awesome and magnificent, emotional, and strong heartedly done! Amen!!”

“This guy is AMAZING thanks for using your talents for good causes I started CRYING the first time I saw this!”

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