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Michele Tragakiss - Paintings and Art
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Michele Tragakiss

United States

I was born In Los Angeles, California and have lived in many states between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and also resided in Ontario, Canada. I’m a third generation artist and have been drawing and painting from childhood. Influenced by my mothers technical illustrations and paintings, I’m drawn by both the structured geometric and linear elements of tech design and the organic flow and intuitive movements that happen in abstract painting. I received my BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied graphic design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After working many years in graphic design I decided to stay home and raise my two boys. 2013 marked a return to my roots as a fine artist.

My most recent series of paintings attempt to bridge the gap between the dream world and reality. Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of my subconscious. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind. At the start of my work I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my gut and instincts – one color guides another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding. There is always struggle before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place.

My work has been exhibited in many galleries, publications and acquired in private collections through out the United States and internationally.