Born and raised in Chicago, Michael studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. He began showing his work through Nancy Lurie Gallery in Chicago in 1980. During the ensuing years he exhibited widely in various venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art/ Chicago, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Center d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. His early work was influenced by Chicago imagists and German expressionism. This work evolved into a more representational mode influenced by American Ashcan artists of the 1930's / 40's and his inner city environs. Michael continued to show his work through Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago and New York into 1989. In the same year he established his own decorative arts studio in Chicago. (visit ZieveStudios.com)

In 1993, Michael relocated from Chicago to a nature preserve in Laporte, Indiana. A complete change in environment led to a re-examination of his art and life. During this time he investigated new themes and mediums based on nature study and imagination. In 1998 Michael executed two large murals for the post office in Rolling Prairie Indiana. His growing interest in meditation and art as healing modality led him to begin facilitating intuitive painting workshops in 2004 and this had a direct impact on his own work. A return to a more playful gestural abstraction marked this shift and he displayed these paintings for many years through his studio in Three Oaks, MI. and group exhibitions. His paintings and prints are featured in many hospitals and healing centers including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL. Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL. and the Namaste Center for Holistic Health, Laporte, IN.

In 2011 Michael migrated west and now resides in Sebastopol, CA. Contact him for information about originals, commissions and archival reproductions of his work.

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