Michael Newberry (b. 1956) grew up in a tennis family in La Jolla, California and is the middle child of five siblings. As a 3rd grader he found out that if he forgot his math book he could do an art project instead, he then threw away the math book. When he was 12 years old his grandmother gave him the art book, The Complete Works of Rembrandt, which inspired him to draw every evening. His elder sister, Janet, started winning national tennis championships at 14 years old and twice reached the semifinals of French Grand Slam Championships. Her advice to young Michael was to "Just do it!"
A La Jolla Bank gave him a solo art show when he was a 17-year-old high school senior. After graduation, he accepted a full tennis scholarship to USC, joining their NCAA championship team. There he majored in Fine Art, mentored by Edgar Ewing, an American Modernist, and focused on studio art, drawing, and painting with side studies in art history, contemporary art history, ancient philosophy, and logic. After 3 years of college he decided to become an artist and moved to Holland to study figure drawing for the next 3 years, where he had his 2nd solo art show at the Galerie de Sluis in Leidschendam. He has had art studios and exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, St. Petersburg, Spain, Holland, and Greece and now lives in Idyllwild, California. He has also exhibited in Rome, Brussels, and Washington, D.C.
His art development shifted from a fragmented, Picassoesque style towards a synergy of his art heroes–Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Monet–with an emphasis on the sublimity of the human spirit. Along the way he explored the possibilities of light, color, and forms through studies in charcoal, pastel, graphite, ink, acrylic, and oil painting. He believes that "great art is our fundamental foundation to evolve as a person, and as a species."
Michael Newberry is Artist-in-Residence at The Atlas Society. Follow him on Instagram at @artnewberry.