Michele Tragakiss is an American contemporary abstract painter residing in New England. Michele received her BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied graphic design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After working many years in graphic design she decided to stay home and raise her two boys. Now she is returning to her roots as a fine artist.
Michele’s award winning work has been exhibited in many galleries, print and online publications and acquired in private collections through out the United States and internationally.
“My paintings attempt to bridge the gap between my dream world and reality. Pulling from this otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub)consciousness. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind. At the start of my work I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my instincts - one color influences another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding. There is always struggle before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place”.
Mattatuck Museum – Mix Master Juried Exhibition , Waterbury, CT, USA, 2018
Firehouse Art Gallery - Visual Music Juried Abstract Exhibit , Milford, CT, United States, 2017
West Hartford Art League Members Juried Exhibit, West Hartford, CT United States, 2017
BWAC Wide "Open 8" National Juried Art ShowBWAC Wide "Open 8" National Juried Art Show, Brooklyn, NY 2017, 2017
Saatchi Art - featured in the "Inspired by Cy Twombly" collection, Saatchi Art online, 2017
Mending Art Exhibit - Hartford ArtSpace - Hartford, CT. 2017, Hartford, CT. United States, 2017
Real.W3iRd. - Southington Community Cultural Arts, Southington, CT. United States, 2017
Paris in Plantsville "FIN-End of an Era" group exhibit , Plantsville, CT. United States , 2016
ABEX Hartford ArtSpace Juried exhibit , Hartford, CT. United States, 2015