Atim’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art 2017 presents: Michael Carini
Michael Carini is an American artist that has been gaining wide acclaim for his masterfully created and beautiful body of work. He has been trained in the prestigious Loyola Marymount University and has apprenticed under well-respected contemporary artists like Roland Reiss and Jane Brucker, thus having a rich past in artistic education that has offered him a robust foundation for his work. This diversity of influences and his personal research into the world of painting has resulted in his own, unique approach to abstraction, a work which poses immense interest in the context of contemporary art.
His most common medium of choice is acrylic as they allow him to apply multiple layers overlapping, combining and contradicting without becoming mixed due to the rapid drying time. He is a true “Acrylic Alchemist,” a term that he has adopted for the way that he works, as it is evident that he pushes acrylic colors to their very limits regarding artistic expression, creating unexpected results. Most of his paintings are created on a monochromatic background which serves as a foundation that holds the multiple layers, lines and forms implemented by the artist, having a subtle, yet important, role in the overall creation process. On this firm foundation, Carini applies hundreds of brushstrokes, using bold colors, to slowly construct a complex visual environment that consists of dozen overlapping lines. His characteristic element when creating these elaborate linear structures is that they are almost predominantly curved, creating complex vortexes that have an immense sense of depth and movement. It is a result that might seem chaotic at fist glance, with lines and forms always overlapping, but once carefully researched there is an exceptional balance. This harmonious effect is due to his meticulous approach to the creation of these artworks, which combines a passionate talent with the serious approach of a well-educated artist.