When I visited Chicago in December, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Michael Schmidt, a Muslim artist who combined his passion in art with Islamic values. He has a collection of children stories that teach Islamic values, which I will review later on the website, as well as Islamic paintings that are very unique and beautiful. I was really impressed with his works and I asked him to make a small showcase of his paintings on my website and he was so kind to approve my request. Underneath you will find the artist’s statement and biography. If you are interested in buying any of these paintings, please contact the artist Michael Schmidt at mike(at) schmidt-gallery.com
I have always been inspired to find meaning in the universe, and my art has served as a way for me to explore and express this notion. I hand-paint my work with acrylic, and add intricate designs on layers of translucent glue. The images themselves come from my imagination, things I’ve seen, and my interest in science and spiritual teachings. I do not try to explain the particular meanings of my paintings, I think the image can convey certain meanings which words cannot.
Michael Klaus Schmidt is an award winning artist and illustrator. Originally from Germany, but raised in the Chicago area, his work has appeared in shows around the country and internationally, including Chicago, San Francisco, London, Toronto, New Orleans and more. He is a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, and has taught art to children grades K-8. Currently, Michael is working as a freelance artist and illustrator.