Mike Weber was born in February of 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. He has degrees in Visual Communications and Computer Animation-Multimedia from The Art Institute International. Weber designed and art directed broadcast graphics, animation and motion picture film for the world’s largest television networks. In 2001, Weber resigned from his position at Hothaus Creative, an internationally recognized television design firm, to focus on his career as a fine artist. He has since exhibited at diverse international galleries and is a Spotlight Feature by The National Endowment for the Arts. Moreover, his artwork has appeared on the cover of Architectural Digest with Collectors John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen, and has been featured in countless international publications including American Art Collector, US Weekly, New York Post, New York Times, Washington Post, National Endowment for the Arts Magazine and many others. Weber’s work has also appeared on HGTV, EXTRA TV and Bravo TV.
Weber’s passion for nature has made him an active hiker, backpacker, kayaker and nature photographer. He has paddled countless rivers, lakes and bays in his touring kayak and has summited over 20 mountain peaks since his move to California in 2010. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and spends ample time in his historic mountain cabin in the San Bernadino National Forest, on Southern California’s tallest mountain.
Weber’s art is a combination of paint and his nature photography, mostly captured in the wilderness of America’s National Parks. His unique form of Mixed Media is about the craft and process of layering materials. The colors, textures and patterns are inspired by earthly landscapes, decaying signage from human life, and decaying German and Dutch homesteads near his childhood home in the Midwest. Each piece connects a global audience with a combination of materials and images that look perfect and ruined at the same time, juxtaposed to create rhythm, harmony and coherence.
Nature is balanced. Nature is energy in life and restoration. We need only look at the animals of our planet, which live in harmony, to see how life on our planet is connected thru nature. Animals should serve as an example to us of how to live in harmony.
Nature is seen in the beating hearts of earth’s animals. By observing animals in nature we should be able to see what it provides and replicate this. They have an innate urge to be connected with the emotional context of their surroundings. The animals of our planet have many reasons for being and they are different from our reasons for being. They are tremendous balances of energy because they are pure, positive energy and are in pure connection to their source. We refer to this as instinct and we are amazed at their ability to migrate, move about and interact. They are connected to nature and are operating from a broader perspective. Their alignment and connectivity are mysterious forces that fall outside the scope of science. Animals can affiliate with others and collectivize their emotional energies so as to increase their chances of survival and reproduction. They are the best teachers on the planet.
The Art Institute, Dallas, TX - Computer Animation/Multimedia
The Art Institute, Dallas, TX - Visual Communications
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
2013 The Beverly Hills Art Show, Mixed Media, Second Place
1997 The Art Institute of Dallas, Computer Animation - Best Portfolio & Honors
1996 The Art Institute of Dallas, Visual Communications - Best Portfolio & Honors
Falls Tract Historic Cabin Association, San Bernardino National Forest, Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity, Disaster Relief Team Leader
Hands on USA, Disaster Relief Team Leader
COLLECTORS & PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Allen and Overy Law, International
Barceló Hotels International
Crestline Hotels International, VA
Delta Airlines Sky Club, GA
Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn, Flint, VA
Grand Ole Opry Hotel, Nashville, TN
Hy’s Steakhouse, Canada
John Legend & Chrissy Tiegen, NY
Marshall Faulk, NFL, St. Louis Rams, MO
Marshfield Associates, Washington, DC
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, Washington, DC
Sheraton Hotels, United States
The Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Thievery Corporation, DC
Yellowstone Club, MT