Islamic Paintings By Michael Schmidt


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)

Artist’s Statement

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.

5 x 2.75 inches
Mixed Media on board

Moroccan Mint

40 x 30 inches
Mixed Media on board
This was also one of five paintings produced for the play Unveiled by Rohina Malik.


20 x 16 inches
Mixed Media on board


30 x 24 inches
Mixed Media on board

The Living from the Dead

24 x 11.5 inches
Mixed Media on board


20 x 16 inches
Mixed Media on board

Starry Mosque

5 x 2.75 inches
Mixed Media on board


40 x 30 inches
Mixed Media on board

6 thoughts on “Islamic Paintings By Michael Schmidt

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  2. Haitham Al-Sheeshany

    I am not that fond of painting to be honest but I liked the ones you put here. The one with the sun and desertous land was my fav.
    Thank for introducing us to this artist and sharing your encounter with him 🙂

    • I used to feel the same about painting Haitham, I guess one needs to spend sometime with (real painting) in order to reflect and appreciate it, and I say real because I have seen some monkey business being called art lol

      • Haitham Al-Sheeshany

        I have this theory (uh oh! :)) that art has a hierarchy; there r primary sorts of arts and secondary ones. The former consists of prose, poetry, & speeches; the later of drawing, singing, sculpting, architecture, dancing, and singing. Although all of this is relatively categorised but still I am prone to think of art as “levels” I cannot see a painting conveying a meaning more powerful or complex than a novel, I just cannot. As in all theories this one is not without fallacies, actually it is so biased that it destroys the fabric of it becoming a representation of reality, any reality 😀
        PS: madness can be a sort of art (that is another theory, but 4 another day :P)

      • Haitham Al-Sheeshany

        Yes, yes,,, YES.. (no, I am not in agreement with yr kind reply) BUT ,, yes = u managed to inflate my ego a bit 🙂

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