Category: dreamer

“I Am Who Am (I)”

Acrylic and aerosol on panel. 40in x 25in. Original and canvas prints available. Message me for inquiries.

Identity is such a key component and I’m often evaluating and reevaluating who it is that I’ve been, who it is that I am, and who it is that I am becoming. I think it’s important to question that and question it often. Are you truly being and becoming your best self?

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Michael Carini

“As Open Wounds Open Wings.” Acrylic on canvas. 48in x 36in. Original and canvas prints available in a variety of sizes.

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time. This painting depicts wings sprouting from the wounds of an angel. Sometimes it is only through our wounds that we are able to open ourselves up to healing so we may fly.

Visit for canvas prints of this painting and to see a beautiful animated video bringing this creation to life. Message me for original.

Work in progress for a commissioned phoenix rising painting… | Michael Carini

New works available. My studio is as energetic and busy as it’s ever been and I only hope to continue moving in that direction. Message me to start or add to your collection. I’m currently accepting commissions and I will work with you to make it work for you.

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Exhibition flashback. I’ve always known how to put on a show when the resources and opportunities present themselves. Going into this new year and new decade, I want to thank every single person that has made what I do possible by supporting my dream and what I love.

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paintings available. This one is small, affordable, and I have about a dozen similar pieces available. I can also do custom commissions with your favorite poem, color scheme, and in your desired size. Message me for inquiries.

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Michael Carini | “Mirror rorriM (The Reflection)" 

Acrylic on canvas. 48in x 30in. Visit for canvas prints of this piece.

This painting reflects upon the only person that can change your life…It’s you!

“Astranomelly.” Acrylic on canvas. 78in x 120. Original available + visit for canvas prints and to see the full time-lapse video. Message me for inquiries.

“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego with Alexander Salazar-Fineart. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.

-Michael Carini