Michael Kuster

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Michael Kuster


I am an American realist painter living in Germany with my wife and children. I studied history at Washington State University and spent eight years flying helicopters before learning classical drawing and painting.

I find inspiration traveling along dusty bookshelves, lonely two lane roads, and streets adorned with architecture. Libraries, museums, and junk yards are among my favorite places to find the muse. 

I work in layers to leverage oil paints versatility. I begin every painting with a drawing that I build subsequent layers of paint over. My techniques are personal adaptations of classical painting methods that allow me to construct compelling visual stories from my small studio near Frankfurt, Germany.

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