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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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Michael Israel- Impossible Artist; He’s The Real Deal                        By Deby Goldfarb

The media, celebrities and Donald Trump might attest that Andy Warhol’s, “15-minutes of fame” is now 7 minutes, six-foot, and painted by Michael Israel. 

Fair warning, read carefully, don’t miss a word or a sentence, this might be among the most significant treasure finding articles you ever read.  If you miss the point, or if you do not understand the significance, you will miss out on the kind of opportunity that comes rarely in a lifetime. An opportunity that could last for generations and be a legacy for you and your family. 

It’s almost impossible to not have heard the name Michael Israel, a globally recognized artist who’s work continues to reach millions of people.  Though he is often in the news and his artwork has sold for millions of dollars, even more impossible, his artistic celebrity did not come by way of traditional galleries and museums or with the aid of art critics. Therein lies your opportunity. Keep reading.

Michael Israel is entirely outside the norm, he is an anomaly even among artists known to be outrageous, his painting style is unique to say the least and it probably doesn’t hurt that he has an utterly charming personality and good looks. His generosity to charities and those in need is unparalleled. The way he raises funds for and supports worthy causes yet another impossible to believe scenario, yet he does it time and again. You’ll soon see why the opportunity exists.

Although he does not like to be called “speed painter,” once you’ve seen him in action, creating dazzling works of art in minutes, you will undoubtedly think the name is appropriate.  How does he produce a work of art so quickly and yet so perfectly?  Years of martial arts training but, he says the frenzied show is merely to capture your attention long enough to experience the depth of the art.

“Artists,” Michael said, “stretch the boundaries.”  He referred to the genius of Michelangelo who, in the 1500’s, captured life as never before on canvas and in sculptures exerting an unparalleled influence during that time, and the daring surrealist Salvatore Dali who was not accepted at first, but “broke the mold” in that genre. Picasso and Warhol have also demolished artistic norms in entirely different genre. Breaking boundaries is many directions, a wake of goodwill, good deeds, and overwhelming emotions are an intrinsic part of Michael’s genre and artistic process.

“Even a novice artist can capture life on a canvas, only a masterpiece sets it free.” says Michael Israel, “I honestly don’t care if it matches the couch or has wonderful design qualities. It is not what is on the canvas but what comes from the canvas that matters on an enduring scale!” If you need a critic to tell you its great art, its not great art, it’s the emperor’s new clothes.

In the same way, Michael Israel’s methods may be novel and his performance unorthodox, his work is “valuable…with depth and context.”  Imagine, a splash of paint that literally has changed lives, even saved lives.

One of his most noted pieces, is shown by teachers and professors alike from pre-K through Universities. “Hero”, a 911 tributes painted in New York, tugs powerfully at the heartstrings. As he paints, he jumps up high for the brushes to reach the top of the canvas; the paints drip and splatter, and seem to fly everywhere, out of control. But Michael Israel knows exactly what he is doing. It is a portrait, created in less than three minutes, of a 9-11 firefighter. Michael tosses the brushes and kneels before the audience who is applauding wildly.  But he is not finished.  Once again, he rises and spins the painting upside down as he continues to add something small and white. More white paint splatters and scatters, more brushes are tossed away, and in only four minutes more, it becomes apparent that he has added the image of a small, haunting face, that of a child, wide-eyed and frightened. He adds a small arm, clinging to the body of the firefighter. He spins the painting and jumps to the top of the firefighter’s hat to add the letters, “FDNY”, Fire Department New York.  He tosses the brushes away and salutes the portrait. He bows to an uproarious standing ovation. What at first seemed like the rantings of a mad man turned into the finished work of a genius. Yes, it so powerfully entertaining, one cannot look away and so emotion pack tears well in the eyes of the viewer, but it carries with it an important message about humanity. It is no wonder that his YouTube videos boast 14 million viewers and thousands of comments.  (View this absolutely remarkable video: https://michaelisrael.com/youtube1/ )

Michael Israel has met celebrities, shared stage with them, and painted them.  He has met and done shows for Kevin Costner, Jay Leno, Bruce Springsteen, President George W. Bush, and others. Controversy over Donald Trump’s portrait brought national attention, and Warren Buffett whom he painted in 10 minutes in Omaha, sold for $100,000 on Ebay benefiting Girls Inc of Omaha, that received worldwide recognition. 

His art repertoire includes sports legends, famous musicians, politicians and celebrities too numerous to name.  His signature wild color and dashing brush strokes are in portraits of Albert Einstein, Doonesbury, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Bono, Jimi Hendrix, Clarence Clemons, Clint Eastwood, Dan Marino, and David Bowie, and even Jesus, to name a few. He also paints other meaningful subjects such as The Constitution, Blind Justice,The Statue of Liberty, and Jazz.  

Most would agree that Michael has the unique talent to use his art to express emotion so much so that viewing his heart-wrenching painting entitled “Loss” that raised funds for families with children fighting caner, or his numerous fire fighters or “Police Memorial”  benefiting the families of fallen heroes becomes as deep an experience as viewing the children he paints. One must see the mother and child in “Love-You-To-The-Moon” or child kissing the adult in “My Hero” or the beseeching eyes of the young black child in “Rwanda-Boy” that help bring support to villages in Rwanda, to know that some pictures are worth more than a thousand words.  

Michael has met children from the Special Olympics, his favorite, because “they don’t get intimidated. and have no ulterior motives” If a child falls in competition, the others don’t continue on—they stop and help. Children, one of his endearing subjects, and the way he makes us see them strikes a chord that hits home. “Great art goes past the senses and sensibilities, and straight to the heart to touch the soul,” he said.

Separate Michael, the man from Michael the wild performing artist, and you have a very private person with heart and soul.  “Decades of experience have on into  creating a unique charitable model,” he said, “to give charity beyond the dollars.” And give to charity, he does–in quiet volumes. His performances have generated millions which he has donated to over 100 charities. He and country singer and songwriters, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Lean Womack and others have spent time with wounded soldiers. Michael’s “prize possession” is a painting that includes hundreds of signatures of our wounded homecoming soldiers. He has performed everywhere, from the deck of an aircraft carrier to a a formal Presidential dinner; from a stadium with 70,000 people to a school gym filled with kids. Even more astonishing is that Michael has no one underwriting his charitable efforts, no large sponsors paying his way. So, how does he give big shows and big dollars? His artwork always sells and yet, there world at larger has not realized the full value of his work, and therein lie the opportunity mentioned earlier.

Imagine acquiring a Picasso or Warhol when prices were modest compared to the many millions they sell for today. Michael’s charitable initiative makes it possible to “steal” his artwork and do good at the same time. Perhaps investing in “a Michael Israel” now is not different than it would have been getting in early on a Picasso or a Warhol. As with other great artists, there is a tipping point when their artwork goes from modestly priced to princely sums. 

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