afsaneh A michaels
Throughout her life Afsaneh Michaels has had a curiosity and fascination with the beauty of the natural world wherever she has found it. Afsaneh’s art contemplates the intrinsic and intimate yet ordinary qualities of nature’s elements with universal ideals of beauty. Her paintings seek to convey the poetry of nature in its grand displays in the sky as cloud formations: each cloud expressing the atmosphere’s moods like a persons feelings. While her drawings of leaves and flowers, insects and animals capture the particular beauty of each specimen not representing their natural family but each one with its own unique depth and complexity. Afsaneh uses fresh specimens whenever possible for her work, even insects are drawn from insect collections at UC Berkeley's life sciences entomology museum.
Afsaneh has painted and drawn most of her life. She has studied art and design and landscape architecture. She has worked and exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Africa.
She began painting clouds in Africa where she lived and worked for the National Museums of Kenya while creating a life-size mural reconstruction of a two million year old fossil landscape for a prehistory exhibition in Nairobi. She also designed exhibits for the Sackler Museum in Washington, D.C.
She studied renaissance master drawing techniques in Florence in Italy where she lived for three years studying drawing and fresco techniques. Now she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California where she finds most of her inspiration for painting and drawing. Afsaneh gives workshops in painting and drawing in Berkeley.
2015-17 East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, Ca.
2014 Collectors Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.
2013 Collectors Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.
2011 Hillside Club, Berkeley, Ca.
2010 Louis Siegrist Gallery, Oakland, Ca.
2009 Art Explosion, San Francisco, Ca.
2004 Galleria Renato, Florence, Italy
2004 Fotogaleria, Florence, Italy
2002 Edinburgh University Library Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
1998 US Post Office Gallery, Washington, DC
1996 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art, Washington, DC
1989 National Museums of Kenya, Permanent Exhibit. Nairobi, Kenya
2011 Florence Drawing School, Florence, Italy
2000 Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
1980 MLA North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
1977 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1977 Bachelors of Arts
High School, Hilsea College, Hampshire, England