Michael is at the forefront of a resurgent creative wave that draws its inspiration not just from art theory and intellectual ideas but also from the basic principles of what it is to lead a healthy and vibrant life. His spirited and vivacious artwork falls in step with a long tradition of artists who base their work on their interpretive visions. With their imaginative wonder and deeper spiritual underpinnings, his paintings reference ancient traditions, modern artistic explorations, and contemporary themes.
Michael’s artwork follows in the footsteps of the Symbolist movement of the late 1800’s as it progressed through the Modern Art movements of the early 1900’s. His work is as much inspired by Futurism, Impressionism, and Abstract Artists as it is by the Surrealists and the Fantastic Realists and today’s modern Visionary Art movement. From Wassily Kandinsky’s intuitive balance of line and color to the bold movements of Umberto Boccioni to the psychologically deductive landscapes of Salvador Dali, the elements of the past inform Michael’s art and provide a groundwork to build upon. His work continues a living artistic lineage and narrative adding a very present spiritual component to this artistic vision. Passionate and serene at once, Michael Divine’s images speak with a universal language of beauty that anyone can understand and relate to. Drawing upon his visions and experiences and inspired by everything from art and architecture to music and yoga and dance to nature to the human condition, his work explores the inner worlds of the psyche and the heart. He translates this experience into breathtakingly sublime imagery that illustrates the journey of growth and transcendence through the inescapable phenomenon of human existence and conditioning.
Born in Connecticut in 1976, Michael showed a proficiency in art at a young age. He studied religion and writing at Syracuse University in New York and through his studies in comparative religions, developed a deep appreciation for Eastern philosophy and mysticism. While at Syracuse, he continued to draw, paint, and create while at the same time pursuing his own independent studies in fine art, art history, and art criticism. He formally withdrew from school after two years to concentrate more fully on his artistic explorations. Michael has spent much of his adult life painting, traveling, and honing his artistic skills. Throughout his colorful life, he has actively pushed the boundaries of his creative endeavors, exploring his personal evolution while concentrating on archetypes of human emotional experience and how they play out in our relationship to the world. He feels that life is an ever-evolving dance, centering around creating a healthy coexistence with the world at large. Michael continues to draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources – music, art, architecture, politics, and more – while exploring philosophies and practices that inspire him including Buddhism, Yoga, dance, and various forms of meditation. Michael lives in Southern California with his wife Violet. Together, they work on continuously co-creating a happier and healthier world.