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MichaelKruzich

Michael J. Kruzich

Many aspects of my professional dance and theatrical background present themselves in my mosaic works. They are often characterized by movement, dramatic and subtle color/ light contrasts and a high level of detail. My work is rooted in the classical Italian mosaic tradition. I have an affinity for antiquity, mythology and the heroic, and my natural attractions lean toward figurative renderings. Whether figurative or abstract, my work is often about fusing those ancient techniques into contemporary themes and subject matters. I often seek to accentuate and honor the sensational ideals I perceive in the world, people and experiences around me.

I work most often with natural stone, and Italian glass, primarily using ancient techniques developed in Italy before and during the Byzantine period. I find the qualities of these materials, combined with the classical methods, convey a sense of timeless strength, importance and elevation to whatever subject is rendered in this meticulous discipline.

Art has been my life’s work. I approach it with great passion, devotion and responsibility. To create an enveloping experience for the viewer is my goal, and in every discipline I bring together many detailed pieces to make up a grand overall impression. My mosaic voice is always developing and I do not seek to confine myself to one style, but rather engage in whatever style of expression is calling and intriguing me at the moment. My work ranges from Ancient and Byzantine reproductions to modern figurative works and occasionally abstract. I take pride in being versatile and exploring new ideas that present themselves as well as mastering the traditional methods and styles that are at the foundation of my work. My work is owned by private collectors as well as private architectural installments.

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Building: 101 - Studio: 2404
Phone: 415-312-8296
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Artist Bio

Michael was trained at the prestigious Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy by Maestra Luciana Notturni and her colleagues.
 Michael's work "Il Polpo" was recently selected for the deYoung Open Exhibition of Bay Area Artists. His work has exhibited nationally and  internationally, at “Embodied”, the 2019 SAMA Invitational Exhibit at Vanderbilt University, the RavennaMosaico 2017 Biennale, winning awards at the annual “Mosaic Arts International” exhibits in 2010,  2011 and 2015 as well as appearing in several art and mosaic publications.  A member of  the Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei and the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Michael is based in San Francisco, CA where he maintains his studio practice creating fine art mosaics, reproductions and commissions for private/commercial clients and teaching the classical Italian principles and methods of making mosaics. Michael’s work is owned by private collectors as well as private architectural installments.

Exhibitions

Current and Past shows/exhibits/awards

deYoung Open Exhibition
deYoung Museum, San Francisco
October 10, 2020-January 3, 2021

"Embodied"
Society of American Mosaic Artists Invitational Exhibit
Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery-Nashville

March 13-May 25, 2019

RavennaMosaico-2017 Mosaic Bienalle
"Opere del Mondo"-
Chiostri Francescani
October 7-November 26, 2017
Ravenna, Italia

Mosaic Arts International 2016
Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA
April 1-May 29, 2016
http://womensmuseumca.org/current-exhibits
 
Mosaic Arts International 2015
2015 Juror’s Choice Award” 
Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA-March 12-April 25, 2015
http://americanmosaics.org/?page_id=8059
 
"Still Beating"
2015 Hearts in San Francisco Series
Large-Scale Sculptural Mosaic Heart Commission for San Francisco General Hospital
2015
http://mkmosaics.com/blog/
 
"Interplay: Texture & Luminosity"
Harrington Gallery
Pleasanton, CA
Nov. 7 - Dec. 13, 2014
 
Solo Exhibit
 Institute of Mosaic Art
 Berkeley, CA
 Sept-Nov. 2013
 
American Art Collector
 2013 Edition-page 150
 Alcove Books
 
“Nai’a”
 
Large-scale 3-D sculptural mosaic public commission for Kalani Oceanside Retreat;
Pahoa, Hawaii - 2011
 
Director’s Choice Award
 for “Sylvester”
 
Infinity Art Gallery
Figurative Expo 2011
 http://www.InfinityArtGallery.com
 
 “Heroes with Bling”
 
Market Street Gallery June 2011
 http://www.mkmosaics.com/MKMosaics/%22Heroes_with_Bling%22_SF_Drag_Portrait_Series.html
 
“Mosaic Arts International 2011”
 
“Memberʼs Choice Award” Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, TX February-April 2011
 http://mosaicartnow.blogspot.com/2011/03/samas-best-mosaic-arts-international.html

“Mosaic Fine Art Portraits” 
 
Published works in 2010
 http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/mosaic-fine-art-portraits/14303973
 
 “Mosaic Arts International 2010”
 
“Jurorʼs Choice Award” : Oliver Budd The Smith Museum of Stained Glass; Chicagoʼs Navy Pier March thru October 2010
 http://www.americanmosaics.org/sama.aspx?MID=12&PID=26

“Modern Days : Ancient Ways”
 
Solo Exhibit Sweet Inspiration San Francisco, CA 3/1/2010-5/1/2010

 “Tesserae; The Art of Mosaics”
 
Exhibit @ 2nd City Council Gallery Long Beach, CA 6/28/09-8/5/09

San Francisco Convention and Visitorʼs Bureau Exhibition
 
San Francisco, CA 12/12/08-6/12/09

 

Awards

Mosaic Arts International 2015
2015 Juror’s Choice Award” for "Wanda"
Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA-March 12-April 25, 2015
http://americanmosaics.org/?page_id=8059

Director’s Choice Award
 for “Sylvester”
 
Infinity Art Gallery
Figurative Expo 2011
 http://www.InfinityArtGallery.com

 “Mosaic Arts International 2011”
 
“Memberʼs Choice Award” for "Anita Cocktail" Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, TX February-April 2011
 http://mosaicartnow.blogspot.com/2011/03/samas-best-mosaic-arts-international.html

 “Mosaic Arts International 2010”
 
“Jurorʼs Choice Award” : Oliver Budd The Smith Museum of Stained Glass; Chicagoʼs Navy Pier March thru October 2010
 http://www.americanmosaics.org/sama.aspx?MID=12&PID=26

 

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