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Mike Svob, born in Welland, Ontario in 1955, has been a full time artist since 1982. Outstanding artistic achievements have included mastering watercolours, acrylics and oils. To date, Mike has had over 70 exhibitions and has produced over 25 large scale murals throughout North America. He is an impressionist that is easily identified by his signature use of strong bold colour.
Mike Svob is an artist who enjoys the creative process. He is an avid map reader and a pilot, a person with a great sense of adventure. He has cycled through Europe, flown his single engine plane from coast to coast in Canada and the U.S. and trekked through Nepal. Each year he conducts a plein air painting workshop in either Europe or Mexico. He also teaches throughout the year in British Columbia and Alberta, and is a contributing writer to a selective group of art publications.
He is an artist, a husband and a father.
Svobís paintings are held in many private and corporate collections throughout the world. His work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, Magazin DíArt, Artist Magazine and American Artist. Mikeís images of his paintings and ideas about painting can be found in several art books.
He studied at the University of Western, Ontario and is a past president of the Federation of Canadian Artists and also a senior member (SFCA) of this society. As an award-winning artist and a leading teacher and workshop instructor, Mike strongly believes that sharing knowledge among fellow artists and art students provides only positives results for all.
Mike is a romantic, impassioned by the visual presentation that life has to offer. The power and movement of light is captured in his work and nature interacting with people plays an important role in his art.
For Mike, his life is his art and all it encompasses.
"In my work I try to bring the viewer into my space to see the world through my eyes. I have always been deeply moved by the landscape. As a child I would spend hours tramping around in the sparkle of fresh snow or stare in awe at the power of a summer thunderstorm, the play of light, the dance of trees in the wind, the sound of waves crashing on the rocks; to be one with the beauty and majesty of nature. As an artist I try to capture these moments, distill out what is unnecessary to me and leave the viewer with an impression of the landscape that will endure through time."