Michele Amatrula

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Michele Amatrula

United States


Michele Amatrula has a voice and vision unique amongst contemporary photorealist painters.

Using skills honed during decades as a leading professional illustrator, she depicts small

glimpses of unexpected beauty in everyday life. Her work stands out for both its unexpected

subject matter and exquisite portrayal of light and shadow. Amatrula embraces wear and tear,

melancholy moments, and faded glory. In her capable hands, vintage bottle caps take on the

evocative luster of the Dutch Masters; tattooed limbs reveal more truth than a conventional

portrait; and antique household objects evoke nostalgia for a simpler time--even as they recall

the complex lives of their owners. Informed by the past, Amatrula’s precise paintings celebrate

the perfect imprecision of the present, and remind us of the possibility of a joyful future.

Michele Amatrula holds a BFA from the Parsons School of Design and has received numerous

awards from organizations including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Portrait Society

of America, and the Bosque Conservatory of Art. She lives in New York City’s Washington

Heights neighborhood with her family.

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