Michael Maas became a full-time artist in 1996 after having been, among other things, a bicycle racer in France, a meat-cutter in Illinois, and a life insurance salesman in Newport Beach, California. Primarily self-taught, his paintings are in collections in Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and throughout the United States. He shows regularly with galleries and museums throughout Southern California.
He currently has a studio in Ridgecrest called the Art Project Space on Balsam Street, and another in Fallbrook, California, where he has had a home since 2007. He is best known for his illusionistic, patterned-abstract “Alhambra Series” paintings.This exhibit will show how his work evolved from straight-ahead realistic botanicals, using examples from the mid 1990s up to 2016.
Artist website: http://www.michaelmaas.com
Video courtesy of Mark Pahuta