Michael Siegel was born in Mexico
City in 1979. At the age of four
he moved with his family to the United States, and spent most
of his childhood in California. As a teenager, Michael began
taking a serious interest in fine art. When he was fourteen he
enrolled at the Atelier Prohl in Milwaukee, then headed by the
late James Prohl.
After moving back to California in 1995, Michael spent his high-school
years taking night courses in illustration and animation at various
schools in Los Angeles.
It wasn't until Michael was 18,
when his parents sent him to a
summer painting workshop taught by Gregg Kreutz, that he first
held a paintbrush. Having found his calling, he immediately left
his Computer Science and Mathematics studies at UC Berkeley to
devote himself completely to art of painting.
Michael has since studied extensively
under the private tutelage of David A Leffel, and has received
numerous awards at shows across the country.
At the age of 24, Michael was featured in Southwest Art's "21
under 31" issue, highlighting America's promising young
artists. Michael's work has been collected all over the country,
as well as abroad in Europe and Mexico. Currently Michael resides
in Taos, New Mexico.
Michael had the honor of receiving
the Gold Medal award for Still-Life at the Bright Light Artists
Guild exhibition taking place at Legacy Gallery Scottsdale this
week. The awarding Jurors were David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw,
Gregg Kreutz, Jacqueline Kamin, and Rose Frantzen..