Portrait of Mike Lee standing in his studio - close up

Mike Lee

Simplified silhouettes remove colour, detail and identity to become universally accessible.

“I've always been a real observer, so all I bring to my work are the things I've seen and experienced.”

As funny as they are tender, Lee’s voluptuous monochrome figures hang like inflatables in negative space. While the compositions look digitally rendered, they’re in fact created on canvas and paper using a selection of oil and acrylic paint, pastel and graphite. The artists’ process is largely instinctive. To start, he sketches abstract shapes which stem from his imagination and then, by adding re...

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American visual artist Mike Lee was born in 1983 in Placentia, California, and now lives and works in New York.


He has exhibited at biennales and galleries all around the world, in locations such as South Korea, Germany, Japan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

Did you know?

He has worked as a colour key artist on internationally acclaimed animated feature films such as Ice Age and Rio.

Collaborations with Mike Lee

Avant Arte and Mike Lee have one upcoming collaboration.