Michael Callas is a Los Angeles-based visual artist known for his architectural and renaissance work. From an early age, Michael Callas developed a passion for mechanics and engineering. He created sophisticated furniture and interiors using advanced construction techniques. Pursuing his passion, he began to study architecture. At the end of the 2000s, this self-taught man finally dropped out of architecture school and devoted himself full-time to his art.
His experience as a draughtsman and designer is an indispensable asset in the development of his technique. Painting allows him to explore without practical limits. The repetitive character of suburban life (observed in childhood) structures his work: the paradigm of repetition helps him to achieve his goals. Michael Callas is simultaneously a scientist, a designer and an engineer. He has a strong appreciation for the ethics of the great masters of the Renaissance (Michelangelo, Bronzino, Botticelli). For some months now, the artist has been paying homage to the masterpieces of this period.
Michael Callas’ paintings resemble familiar images in our visual lexicon. His works are at the junction between pop art, street art, graphic design and drawing. In his work, the artist draws parallels with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who take a curatorial approach to their subject matter, as well as with David Hockney, whose attention is paid to colour and composition. Architectural appropriation is a recurring theme in Michael Callas’ work. During the pandemic in 2020, the artist was inspired by architectural magazines. As our interiors have become the temporary limits of our world, he begins to search for images of living rooms. As a metaphor for gathering, the living room has become a central theme in his paintings.
His paintings begin as sketches (mostly rectilinear) which he elaborates with great attention to detail. The artist operates in an orderly studio with meticulously arranged materials. His methodology is premeditated. Each creation begins as a mathematical equation: a rigorous progression of scaling, drafting, mapping and hand-cutting of models in order to precisely design an image ready for spray. Once this creative process is complete, Michael Callas can then unleash the colour on his work to give it a unique and striking look. The artist continues to develop his painting style with a more refined technicality and fluidity.