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artistic possibilities continue to grow in many mediums. He has
trusted himself in complete utter faith not only in God but also
in mankind. Not presumptuous or naïve but with genuine true
feeling, he is always striving forward without forgetting the
past. Mic is dedicated to say the least in the gift God has given
him and does not take his days for granted. Mic realizes that
true nature is self-developed and is eager for new experiences.
His education seeds from extensive research, hard work, traveling
and people he meets.
and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mic started his art career
painting portraits. His energetic personality shows in his eclectic
style of artwork. His style and techniques are on a continuous
evolution not limiting his possibilities. A professional artist
of two dimension, he has now gone 3D and has produced a collection
of bronze statues of St. Francis of Assisi. His creations in bronze
have definitely displayed a vision of timeless and everlasting
his travels with his princess
Susan Evangelista, the beautiful author of children's
books, Mic fell in love with Italy and Assisi captured his heart.
When Mic and Susan and the Reverend Terry Atkinson were in the
little church of San Damiano, Mic felt a special awakening to
learn more about Saint Francis.
In 2004, Mic was invited to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
for a bronze exhibition. He was the first American artist to be
bestowed with such an honor. The Basilica of St. Francis is 800
years old and is graced with the incredible frescoes of the perhaps
first modern artist Giotto. Michelangelo visited the magnificent
basilica to study these frescoes before painting the Sistine Chapel.
Over 30,000 people from all walks of life visited Mic's St. Francis
bronze exhibition, from September 18th through October 16th, 2004.
Mic met the President of the Senate Marcello Pera and presented
him with a painting of St. Francis.
The exhibition was also a collaboration with Italian Photographer
His photos were placed behind the bronze of Francis as backdrops
presenting scenes of places Francis visited in Assisi. A remarkable
exhibition of true brotherhood and friendship, it would have made
St. Francis proud.
Mic and Andrea were invited to meet Pope John Paul and to present
him with a gift of a bronze statue and a photo of Assisi. This
meeting was postponed on the way to Rome and is now an impossibility
rest John Paul. Perhaps a blessed opportunity to meet the new
pope may arise.
Mic continues to sculpt, paint and create in many mediums.
Why St. Francis?
Mic and St. Francis met one afternoon at the Church of San Damiano
in Assisi, Italy. It is certain their personalities are similar
and ever growing together. Francis, world known man of peace,
with his unconditional love for God and all creation is alive
more than ever today, not only in the inspiration of Mic's continuing
creativity, but in people all over the world. The eager fascination
of people to know more about this patron saint of ecology and
animals is fascinating.
Francis' philosophy on brotherhood and his teachings of the gospel
make him one of the most beloved spiritual teachers. Mic is devoted
to his Christian faith and to universal love and world peace.
There is hope in every rainbow and every smile.
Pace e bene
Peace and good
Tau of Saint Francis
Today, followers of Francis, as laity or religious, would
wear the tau cross as an exterior sign, a "seal" of
their own commitment, a remembrance of the victory of Christ over
evil through daily self-sacrificing love. The sign of the Tau
has become the sign of hope, a witness of fidelity until the end
of our lives.