Michael Klein is part of a group of artists returning to classical principles in the creation of their artwork. Klein had two major solo exhibitions in New York City and participated in the American Chinese Oil Painting Artist League (ACOPAL) exhibition held at the World Art Museum in Beijing, China. The artist is an award winning painter receiving the William F. Draper Grand prize at the Portrait Society of America in 2016, also being awarded top honor in the Grand Central Academy still life competition in 2014. His passion is to depict an accurate representation of our human experience, poetically blending paints and canvas he recreates the visible world around us and injects his personal spirit into each piece. Due to many years training under renowned artists, such us Jacob Collins, Michael Grimaldi, Kate Lehman and Travis Schlaht, Klein has emphasized that working from life is an important part of the process, as depicted in his delicate floral paintings.
In 2017 Klein and his business partners, Joshua LaRock and Louis Carr started East Oaks Studio, a community in Raleigh North Carolina. East Oaks Studio has a passion for spreading hope through the beauty of art. Their video production company was launched through a successful Kickstarter campaign in July, selling over $75,000 in one month. They have also embarked on a new show called The Line, featuring paintings by today’s most sought after contemporary realist artists. Klein’s work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist Magazine and American Arts Quarterly.