Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Mic Carlson an eclectic
artist whose passions for life and art are vividly seen in
his colorful paintings, started his art career painting portraits.
In 1999 Mic began painting depictions on the life of St. Francis.
In 2001 Mic was inspired to work with wax, shaping it into
the form of St. Francis.
In 2004 Mic was invited to the Basilica of St. Francis in
Assisi Italy to exhibit 16 bronze statues during the month
of October, depicting the life of St. Francis. The energy
and passion felt during the exhibition was overwhelming as
people from all over the world, an estimated 30,000, viewed
the statues. It was this spirit that Mic dreamed of continuing
and sharing with his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. During
the exhibition Mic was interviewed on Vatican Radio.
Mic studied in Italy, Germany and Greece painting on location.
When traveling he loves painting in watercolor. Mic has a
gallery "Micasso Productions" in the Waters Building
in downtown Grand Rapids. His wide range of paintings and
bronze can be viewed in this gallery. Mic also has a studio
in Assisi Italy where he can venture out with his French easel
and oil paints. On June 11th 2008 Mic personally gave a bronze
statue to Pope Benedict XVI.
Mic is collaborating a combined St. Francis sculpture and
photo exhibition throughout the United States, with Photographer
Andrea Angelucci from Assisi, Italy. The exhibit will tour
Franciscan Universities and Churches. He is also working on
a project for the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, where
a life size bronze he is creating will be placed.
Artprize is a major art competition where over 1200 artists
worldwide will exhibit their entry in Grand Rapids, Michigan
from September 23rd through October 10, 2009. Mic has entered
his life size statue of Saint Francis for this competition.
"I'm closest to God when I am painting or sculpting.
It's like praying without knowing it. The creating process
is irreplaceable. It's like a divine drug that only comes
from God. I believe the source of my love comes from my work
like a smile that greets a stranger or a hug that is always
welcome. Needing to express myself through my art is an energy
I cannot be without. I will continue to share joy and optimism
through my creative source. Faith in what we do is so needed
in the sharing."