Our July feature artist - Vancouver based Michael Soltis @michaelsoltisart
Letters, numbers and images are used to visually communicate a thought or idea - arranged in a specific and meaningful way so that others are able to "decode" the message. In my work I use letters, numbers and images in non-traditional ways and incorporate color, lines and various mixed media elements to build structure and draw out themes and ideas that connect us to past experiences or memories. The goal is not only to showcase the beauty inherent in the elements themselves, but also to engage both the logical side of the brain, which wants to decode the message and the creative side, which desires to find its own unique experience.
Michael Soltis is an American/Canadian visual artist and home designer/builder. He has a Masters degree in Education, has worked in the business and non-profit sector as a high level manager, and was a film and television actor for several years. His passion has always been the arts and his work has been shown in several galleries throughout North America and been featured in Canadian House & Home, HGTV.ca, Anthology Magazine, The Artist Catalogue, the Vancouver TED Conference, Comic Con in Vancouver as well as several contemporary art blogs and articles. He is the recipient of awards from both the Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Federation of Artists and his paintings are held in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.