Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Conjuring a visionary world, this compelling painting is by the gifted artist Michael Defeo. Early in his life Mike developed an interest in special effects, make-up and animation. After attending Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, he moved to New York in 1990 and worked as a stop-motion puppet maker and sculptor bringing his skills to theatrical, commercial and movie productions. Five years later, Mike began working for Blue Sky Studios digitally recreating products for television ads and creating models such as the alien in the film Alien Resurrection. Ten years as Head of the Modeling department, the last five years saw Mike as Head of the Sculpting department, using traditional maquette sculpting and digital modeling to create the memorable characters in the animated feature films Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, as well as all the Ice Age series. In his "spare time" Mike has produced a stunning number of sculptural masterpieces, working in both digital and physical media and always with attention to the tiniest detail. Mike's work is well known throughout the art and film industry, and he has lectured and exhibited his sculpture both in the United States and abroad.
To see more of Michael's art and sculpture please visit his website and blog.