Welcome to schliefkevision.com, the website for Kansas City artist Michael Schliefke. Michael is a self employed artist who paints and draws, curates shows, and teaches painting and drawing classes for adults and children out of his studio.
Michael recently returned to Kansas City after a twelve year stint in Austin, Texas. A 1997 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Michael is working on a new body of work and making plans on curating a large group show of painting. Michael lives in the City Market area with his girlfriend, who is pursuing her Master’s in urban ecology at UMKC.
Before leaving Austin, Michael was inducted in the Austin Critics’ Table Art Hall of Fame twice – as a member of the Big Medium team that put together the East Austin Studio Tour, Texas Biennial and the West Austin Studio Tour. He was also inducted as a member of Blue Genie Art, where he worked on various large scale art projects for a variety of clients as well as curated shows and created the Danger Derby. He also put together ‘The Last Waltz‘, which was a comprehensive show of his work – that provided an exclamation point for his time in Austin.
In 2013, Michael showed 24 new paintings at a solo show at Pump Project in July and August, worked on a few commissions, and planned and put together the Blue Genie Danger Derby that became a showcase event for the East Austin Studio Tour, Besides putting together images and themes for an upcoming show in the Spring, Michael is currently working on an 11′ x 5.5′ painting of the Last Supper. You can follow along with the progress on the large commission with the updates on the blog pages.
Follow along with Michael on facebook – the schliefkevision page has updates from his studio, various newsworthy art stories, and a collection of works that helps inspire him in his own work.