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Michael Volpicelli - Fine Artist

Michael Volpicelli

Stillwater, OK - United States

 
 
 

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Michael Volpicelli

Stillwater, OK - United States

Michael Volpicelli - Fine Artist

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About Michael Volpicelli

Hello! My name is Michael Volpicelli and welcome to my webpage!

Michael began his art career in high school, when his art became his way of communicating and expressing himself to other people. He received an art scholarship while in high school to attend Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where he was able to participate in college level drawing classes. His specialty was portrait work, although he also did some sculpture. He took a quick break from art in 2001 and joined the army, where he became a combat medic. But he was still doing artwork, and even did some portraits of his commanding officers.

When Michael and his family moved to Oklahoma, he decided to take advantage and re-enroll in some art classes. He applied to Oklahoma State University and entered the graphic design program. The following year, Michael signed up for an independent study class. His very first assignment was to create a unique piece of art, something that had never been seen before. Previously, he had favored portrait work. He had also learned to work with different textures. So he began to think about the possibility of creating a portrait with different textures, something other than lines. His first attempt was a self-portrait, done with pencil and created out of words relating to Buddhism.

From this one experiment came an entire series, the Voices of Compassion. Michael saw that you could use words to create a portrait of a person, creating value with different amounts of layering and cross hatching to create the different values in the piece. The first portrait done was of Maxi Jazz, the lead singer of the band Faithless. The portrait was created out of Maxi's inspirational lyrics. Not only did the portrait show what Maxi Jazz looked like, but it showed us all who he really was as a person. What he believed in, what was important to him, and the messages he was trying to spread with the rest of the world.

From there, Michael continued to work on his Voice of Compassion collection, adding Malala Yousafzai (created from her UN speech), Mariane Pearl (created from various news articles she wrote as well as quotes from the movie about her life, A Mighty Heart), Tich Nat Han (created from his Buddhist teachings) and Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole (created from his song lyrics). Michael wanted his audience to look at these portraits from a distance and see a visual representation of these inspiration people, but as they moved closer to the portrait, be able to pick out individual words and quotes, and thus see the message that they were trying to spread as well.

Michael was encouraged to enter his school's art show, 'The Melting Pot' exhibit, where he won first prize for his Voices of Compassion collection. He was featured in various national and international magazines, including MSNBC and YOU South Africa. He was featured in an online art show in Australia and continued to receive requests from journalists to use his portraits to illustrate their articles

This past November, Michael was invited to show his work at the Brick Lane Gallery in London. The show caught the attention of Ripley's Believe It Or Not, who featured Michael in their most recent book, Reality Shock. Things continued to quickly progress, and Michael was invited to talk about his artwork on the Steve Harvey Show which has been shown on national television..

Michael managed to gain more recognition from his appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, and was able to create the Voices of Compassion Series 2, which featured Mattie Stepanek (created from his poetry), Emmanuel Jal (created from his song lyrics), and Aung San Suu Kyi (created from quotes from her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech).

Most recently, Michael has been invited to Tokyo Japan to take part in an international art show, where he won the “Best Global Artist” award. At this show, Michael planed to unveil his newest word art, 'The Eye of Truth'. This piece features various different perspectives on truth from across all world cultures, beliefs and philosophical, and scientific theories. Michael used Facebook to crowdsource ideas for this project, and the created piece contains Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, and many other different beliefs and cultures. The idea is that people as a whole have a lot in common, and we should be looking at our common features and spreading compassion over everything else.

Feel free to check out more of my work at https://www.facebook.com/masterworkartistry I post a lot of progress pictures so you should be able to see my work as I am completing it.

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Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Volpicelli

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Friendship by Michael Volpicelli

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The Moment of Enlightenment by Michael Volpicelli

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Tree of Life by Michael Volpicelli

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Scream by Michael Volpicelli

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Walk MS 2016 Dream of flying by Michael Volpicelli

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Dreams of Flying by Michael Volpicelli

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Grandma Dot by Michael Volpicelli

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Cecil The Lion by Michael Volpicelli

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Wolf by Michael Volpicelli

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Elephant by Michael Volpicelli

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Leopard by Michael Volpicelli

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Tiger by Michael Volpicelli

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Philly City Hall by Michael Volpicelli

Valley Green by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Valley Green by Michael Volpicelli

Kurt Cobain by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Kurt Cobain by Michael Volpicelli

Ellen Degeneres by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Ellen Degeneres by Michael Volpicelli

Malala Yousafzai by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Malala Yousafzai by Michael Volpicelli

Robin Williams by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Robin Williams by Michael Volpicelli

Jackson Pollock by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Jackson Pollock by Michael Volpicelli

Frogs- optimized for shirts and bags by Michael Volpicelli
 

Frogs- optimized for shirts and bags by Michael Volpicelli

Flower head 2.0 by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Flower head 2.0 by Michael Volpicelli

Flower head 2.1 by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Flower head 2.1 by Michael Volpicelli

Girl in Pink and Blue by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Girl in Pink and Blue by Michael Volpicelli

Old Woman by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Old Woman by Michael Volpicelli

Lotus Man by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Lotus Man by Michael Volpicelli

Tears in the Rain Colored version by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Tears in the Rain Colored version by Michael Volpicelli

Tears In The Rain by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Tears In The Rain by Michael Volpicelli

pope John paul by Michael  Volpicelli
 

pope John paul by Michael Volpicelli

Lost at Sea by Michael Volpicelli
 

Lost at Sea by Michael Volpicelli

Father and son by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Father and son by Michael Volpicelli

Green Woman by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Green Woman by Michael Volpicelli

Angel with flowery wings by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Angel with flowery wings by Michael Volpicelli

Angel with rainbow wings by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Angel with rainbow wings by Michael Volpicelli

Child Support by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Child Support by Michael Volpicelli

Emmanuel Jal by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Emmanuel Jal by Michael Volpicelli

Mattie Stepanek by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Mattie Stepanek by Michael Volpicelli

Aung San Suu Kyi by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Aung San Suu Kyi by Michael Volpicelli

Peter Rollins by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Peter Rollins by Michael Volpicelli

Thich Nhat Hanh by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Thich Nhat Hanh by Michael Volpicelli

Thich Nhat Hanh by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Thich Nhat Hanh by Michael Volpicelli

Maxi Jazz by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Maxi Jazz by Michael Volpicelli

Marianne Pearl by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Marianne Pearl by Michael Volpicelli

Iz Hd by Michael  Volpicelli
 

Iz Hd by Michael Volpicelli

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