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Nationality  American
Name  Michael Hussar
Known for  Painting

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Notable work  Morphine, Vasoline, Gummer, Daddy's Girl, Cherry Pie, White Rooster, Hans Memling, Lamb of God, White Devil, Flown, Still Life With A Smile, Pope Innocent XXX, Ecstasy of Christ, Rx, Lovers Eye
Movement  American Baroque (art movement)
Education  Art Center College of Design
Artwork  White Devil, White Rooster, Vasoline, Daddy's Girl, Cherry Pie, Hans Memling, Morphine, Lamb of God, Gummer, Flown
Patrons  Warren Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Francis Ford Coppola, Mark Parker

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Michael Hussar is an American painter from Southern California. He was trained at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.


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Born 1964 in Southern California, Hussar began painting when he was 6 years old, although he had been drawing before that. Influenced by his father who was a casual painter, he would often paint along side him. He later attended the Art Center in Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

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Trained by painters Richard Bunkall, Dwight Harmon, and Judy Crook; and draftsmen Harry Carmean and Burne Hogarth. Taught Portraiture-Head Painting for almost 10 years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and continues to teach portrait painting workshops in the United States and Europe. He currently lives in Rome, Italy. He now creates original oil paintings.


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Michael Hussar is known best for his oil paintings Taking influences from the work of the old masters, he uses a combination of rococo, baroque and other classical styles combined with contemporary subject matter.


Instead of canvas, Hussar prefers to work on gessoed wood panels to create paintings. According to Hussar, as opposed to a surface mixing technique. He also prefers to work from dark value, to light, focusing on atmosphere before moving to detail. Many of his most well-known pieces, comprise a majority OF white workS with touches of red.

He is often categorized as a “pop surrealist” or “symbolist”, although he personally does not prefer to be labeled. He has stated in interviews that his body of work functions as a diary, or AS autobiographical in their representations.

In 2008 Hussar's painting, Hans Memling was featured in the group show In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor that took place at the Laguna Art Museum from June 22 - October 5, 2008.

Hussar's oil paintings and drawings are very provocative and often somewhat objectionable because they are intensely realistic.

Michael Hussar generally dislikes the art gallery scene and in recent years has chosen not to participate in them, instead choosing to sell and exhibit his painting on his own. Hussar’s oil paintings and drawings are very provocative and often somewhat objectionable because they are intensely realistic.

His clients include Kat Von D, Madonna, Warren Beaty, Francis Ford Coppola and Leonardo Di Caprio. Micahael's work can also be found in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.


  • Featured in Hi Fructose Magazine Volume 12
  • Featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005 #58
  • Solo exhibitions

  • Red Red Robin, Nov 11 - Dec 10 2006, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena, CA
  • Barocca, Dec 5-28 2003, La Luz de Jesus
  • Pretty Pink Spade, Nov 1 - Dec 1 2002, La Luz de Jesus
  • References

    Michael Hussar Wikipedia

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