Adi Michael is a painter, sculpture, designer, and multidisciplinary artist. He lives and works in Israel.
His artistic language combines expressive styles of the pop-art, kitsch, and surrealism flow.
The line of his creations is clean and precise, the aesthetics draw characteristics from the world of design and consumerism and is expressed in the artistic format of his works. Adi is the “autodidact philosopher” similar to the experimental science field born thanks to ‘autodidact philosophers’ by trial and error and out of curiosity for discoveries and passions for knowledge and research, so after Michael as well. When he was 9, in art class, he learned that when using different mixture ratios of coffee and water, he can paint an entire painting with shades, light, and shadows. It was a magical moment for him as he then realized and accepted the premise that “anything is possible”.
Creating using varied materials and techniques, some of which he invents, is one of Adi’s prominent characteristics, always with a precise and astonishing line.
Adi’s journey began in his childhood with drawings of cultural heroes which he copied from children’s game cards, moved on to posters of beloved characters, and ended up with an obsessive painting of skulls on clothes. Since then, the drawing has never stopped and has added the occupation in graphic, creative, and artistic design at a later stage.
Same as the actual material painting, Adi’s digital painting series is a product of researching known working tools and experimenting with new techniques. These are Mix Media works, a digital collage which maintains its language, similar to actual material.
His world of inspirations and influences shifts between music, nature, culture, Japan, ancient Egypt, typography, and pop art artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol alongside classical Michaelangelo with the aspiration to perfection or Van Gogh for his bold colorfulness and the courage for bold colors. A first glance at Adi’s works brings up a smile. The heart and head in aesthetic harmony. A second or third glance entails messages and criticism in the goal of aspiring to think, those are Adi’s internal struggles: as someone who loves passion products, and even worships them and presents them in his works, in the appearance as much as his personal fashion style. Facing that’s Adi raises messages about consumerism, capitalism, wastefulness, worship to publicity, celebrities, and wealth, and he raises questions about identity and loss of values facing his internal need to appropriate those extravagant passions, break high, be a part of, he wants to make a change from within, teach how to dream that the sky's the limit.
Adi’s artistic style aspires to perfectionism of clean lines and meticulous, age-crossing colorfulness which he is able to communicate with a large audience.
Adi’s passion shifts between painting and creating characters from the worlds of children and gaming, comic books, cultural heroes, and beloved icons which for him symbolize a utopian world, of dreams and fulfillment, fantasy, and tension between reality and imagination on one hand and a consumerist capitalist world of which everyone, including himself, is a part.
Along with topics such as pop-arts, the world of music and rock have based the image of skulls in his works in every size, shape, material, and color. Adi’s skulls, unlike the traditional artistic use, do not refer to death and ending but rather aspire to the truth, the basis, and the heart, without covers and protections. It is the mold from which it all begins, from which life can be created, and through the structure of which the clean truth reflects. The body of the skull-image works is also made in a bold puffy language - precise and enticing.
In Hebrew, the word Adi means jewel, and like his name, Adi Michael is drawn to beauty and quality. It is uncompromising and strives for the truth, knowledge, and freedom of creation, motives which are expressed in his works and through which he aspires to connect to the beauty and the ambivalence in life, defy, and unlike blind love, raise questions about happiness and the objects of his passion and the popular culture.