Michael Greenwald


I am attracted to vast, distant vistas and expansive skies.  My paintings are a distillation of the natural world into its basic elements of land, water and atmosphere. Horizons and skies are the predominant features. It is my hope that they invite the viewer in, where the eye is allowed to rest on the horizon and the mind is allowed to wander. They are loosely based on photographs I taken, often when traveling. I am not attempting to recreate a scene of photography, but use the photos as a jumping off point, soon after beginning a painting the reference photo is put away. The scenes are unpopulated and show no evidence of man’s influence on the landscape. They imply the message to preserve the planet.


I was born in Oxford, England and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where I still call home. I attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York (1988-1992) studying anthropology and sculpture. Upon graduation I settled in Tokyo and then California. Returning to Cleveland, I attended classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art and was awarded the Portfolio Scholarship Award for two consecutive years (1996 and 1997).  I work out of my studio in downtown Cleveland.


My work is held in numerous collections across the country and has had gallery representation in Ohio, New York and California. Additionally my paintings have been exhibited at: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Baldwin Wallace University, Ursuline College, The College of Wooster Art Museum, The Wayne Center for the Arts, The Beck Center for the Arts, The Massillon Museum of Art, The Morgan Conservatory, The Artist Archives of The Western Reserve and Severance Hall. My work has appeared in numerous publications including: Studio Visit Magazine and American Art Collector.





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