About Michael Vilkin
I studied art in college but got my degree in Psychology from Stanford Univeristy. An MBA and a career as a custom home builder and remodeler later, I decided to revisit my earlier decision not to pursue a career in art. As a misguided twenty-something-year old I thought the life of an artist would be filled with artistic frustration and intermittent starvation. What I didn't take into account was how fulfilling the exploration of your passion is, regardless of how much you do or do not eat. So here I am back in school for an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) at the Academy of Fine Art in San Francisco, painting and creating arty things to my heart's content. Besides, at my more advanced age I need to lose a few pounds, and I do enjoy a little drama, (ONLY A LITTLE!) so occasional staravation can be helpful. While I haven't yet settled on any particular defining style or subject, I do like bright colors and offbeat subjects. I figure I have another 30-40 years of painting ahead of me to figure that out, and possibly even have a few stylistic periods like Picasso with the color blue. I take commissions, and sell the art on this website that is not marked as "Sold."
I am currently showing at the Gallery Los Olivos in Los Olivos, California. Their website is:
Displayed in a Juried show by the San Francisco Academy of Fine Art, SF at the Pier in 2012
One man show for First Thursday at Metropolitan in Santa Barbara, 2013