Exploring Beyond the Surface

Exploring Beyond the Surface

My goal is to capture my subjects. Not only visually, but within.

Recent Work

The Beatles
Lower East Side Stroll
Hello Honey

Do you like my style? If you would like something personal made, please let me know. I love doing comission work, knowing it will be in an appreciated home.

Pricing varies on medium, size, and time estimates.

Who is Mike Wolf?

A portraiture painter, Mike’s artwork explores the guarded side of human nature. His intent is to explore this side of himself as well as that of his subjects. He believes that behind our facades is a deeper and sometimes darker story. His use of strong, often overpowering, shadows invites us to explore the hidden feelings of his subjects. Wolf challenges us to address these unseen truths; asking the viewer to dwell on those feelings and beliefs that lurk just below the surface.

Mike’s points of reference for his paintings are from actual photo sessions he conducts of his chosen subjects. He connects with the people in his work in his own way…"it's my subjects that bring my pieces to life. I hope to tell their true story through subtleties sometimes passed over at a first glance. Most importantly, I feel that the finished piece has a new, living entity; it has a ‘life force’ of its own.”

My Other Day Job

I have a bachelors of Fine Arts from VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). I have been working as a graphic designer over the past 15 years. Currently I am working at Fitch Ratings In New York City as a Senior Graphic Designer , Marketing.


Conception Events

Conception was founded in 2011 in New York City. The concept of two artists, Rachel Wilkins and Mike Wolf. As emerging artists themselves they began to see the stumbling blocks and lack of resources available to creative people who were starting out their careers. Conception has since branched out to include Conception Campus; giving artists workshops, seminars, and online materials to help further their careers.


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