Michael Soltis

Color, Layers, mixed media...this work combines it all into visual memory-candy.

From Michael Soltis:

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, line and various mixed media elements to build structure and draw out themes and ideas that connect us to past experiences or memories.  My 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. 


Our memories (and the connotations we have for those visuals)  play with and stimulate our creative mind.  "Seeing" in a different way is such an interesting phenomenon to me. 


I am essentially "re-mixing" visuals like others artists do with sounds in music.  There is something very cool about using what other creatives have produced and adding to their ideas to make something else,  something  new.  The fact that art connects us is incredibly meaningful for me, and my process continually re-enforces this idea.

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 sectors as a high level manager, and was a film and television actor for several years.


His passion has always been the arts.  His work has been shown in galleries throughout North America and Canada including:  features in Canadian House & Home, HGTV.ca, Anthology Magazine, The Artist Catalogue, the Vancouver TED Conference, Comic Con in Vancouver and 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 world.