Stella Michaels is a contemporary painter born & raised in New York City. She has been described as a channel of the past traveling on a highway to the future; a medium between people & paintings. She acquired her BFA from New York University, where she focused on both the visual & performing arts. After several years of working in theatre & music, Ms. Michaels amplified her focus to visual expression, utilising her proficiency in sound & vision to execute her operatic paintings.
Working from her studio in New York she began to display her work from a mobile pop-up shop, showing & selling on Madison Ave at the Mark & Carlyle hotels, to the Meatpacking district at the Standard hotel. Ms. Michaels found great success with collectors from all over the world.
In 2010, Stella teamed up with Kat Dahl & pop artist Zane Fix to form Stray Kat Gallery. Michaels & company opened Stray Kat Gallery’s first brick & mortar gallery at the Chelsea Market, in a 4,000 square foot storefront. After two years, the gallery was relocated to the Milk building, & then moved on to command an 8,000 square foot storefront at the Highline. Interview & Forbes magazines wrote feature articles on the group, & NY1 news has done several televised interviews with Michaels.
Ms. Michaels sells to & works with clients from various industries, including real estate, politics, & finance. Her paintings are on display in some of the most exclusive private & public collections. Best known for her blend of pop-art sensibility & abstract presentation; coupled with a signature rock 'n roll swagger, she traces the boundaries of spontaneity & precision in equal measure. The paintings embody sound & vision; spontaneous cliff notes to choreographed dances that give life to raw canvas. She is able to achieve outstanding results through her experimentations with enamels, metals, acrylic & paper appliqués, creating a symphony of visual rhythms & sounds that resonate from ambiance to power pop.