"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world."

- Hans Hoffman

Micasso Productions Art Gallery

The Waters Building 161 Ottawa N.W.

Suite 100 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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Mic's 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.

 

Born 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 art.

While on 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 Andrea Angelucci.
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…God 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

The 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.


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