Michael Schuh was born in the United States, in the state of Illinois. He has finished a degree in Fine Arts at Indiana State University, however, after his studies he pursued other career opportunities. It was only in 2002, after many years of living in Denmark, he opened an art studio in Copenhagen and started working as a professional painter.
Schuh’s realistic paintings follow the tradition of photorealism, a genre that started in New York City in 1960’s. He finds inspiration in the works of such artists as Richard Estes, Tom Blackwell and Ralph Goings. Michael Schuh is a painter of light and patterns. There are two main recurring themes in his works: an intricate play of reflections, and dramatically illuminated flower petals. Even though the result is always photorealistic, the technique that the artist uses to achieve it changes depending on the portrayed subject. Regardless of the motif depicted on the canvas, all his works have an admirable level of skill and an incredible attention to detail.
“Reflections and the play of light and shadow, is a recurring theme in my paintings. This is quite evident in my work, whether I paint reflections in water glass, a shiny car or capture the sun’s light in a flower. It is the abstract patterns that exist in a realistic picture that really fascinates me and inspires me to get up every morning and paint.”