Michael Van Zeyl: Chevere Artist Highlight | Art Basel Miami Week 16

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Meet Michael Van Zeyl

For Michael Van Zeyl, portraiture is much more than a one-sided translation of the artist’s point of view taking form in a subject. It’s an engaging visual dialogue that renders a soul in light, shadow and pigment, continuing the conversation for future generations. While technical skill is only part of Michael’s gift, his experience has honed his craft to the highest standard. His talents were apparent when he was a boy and he spent subsequent decades mastering a wide range of painting techniques. In particular, 17th century Dutch and late 19th century impressionist styles have resonated with him and surfaced in his own works.

His formal training began at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, continuing on at Chicago’s Historic Palette & Chisel Academy and the Art Students League in New York, where he studied with the most accomplished artists who also paint directly from life under natural light. Michael is currently a faculty member at the Palette & Chisel and has been a popular instructor for several years. Michael’s work is already appreciated in many public and private collections, such as the United States District Court, University of Chicago and DePaul University School of Law. He has received awards from the Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, the Oil Painters of America and was the 2014 recipient of the Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists.

On View at “Chevere” | Art Basel Miami Week 16


Lo Tienes “You Got This” | oil on panel | 48 x 36 inches | 2016

About Chevere

Sirona Fine Art and Poets Artists Magazine present nearly 60 masterly skilled paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture from the Americas and Europe by some of the most accomplished representational artists exploring the theme of “chévere”… Latin American for “Cool”! Over a dozen artists will be in attendance to meet the public!

“Chévere” curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez, manifests as an issue of Menendez’s PoetsArtists Magazine, and as an exhibition at Sirona Fine Art. Menendez herself is a Cuban expatriate. Some of the participating artists are from Latin America, others not. Therefore some of the artists draw on memory and experience of their own countries and peoples, and others on their encounters with cultures foreign to their own, and others still on imagination and images cobbled together from film and art and literature. The project becomes a great act of communion and empathy, a celebration of being together.”

“CHÉVERE” Group Exhibition. Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-9pm. 

An Artists Panel discussion begins at 6pm, sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. 

The exhibition will be on view from November 3, 2016 through February 3, 2017 at Sirona Fine Art – a grand showcase for artists who embrace classic structure, yet have an understanding and facility within the modernist landscape. Located in The Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run #1240 in Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. RSVP for the Opening Reception: See and learn more at or call (954) 454-9494.

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Sergio Gomez is a Chicago-based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He is owner and Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, founder of and Amplified Art Network, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, and curator and producer of the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial. In 2014, Sergio co-founded the program Art NXT Level to help artists manage thier careers.

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