Bio
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H. Michael Wieben was born in El Centro, California in 1944.  In 1964, he received an Associate of Arts Degree and was awarded as Outstanding Student in the Arts four times from Imperial Valley College.  During this time he studied with Juanita Lowe and participated in workshops given by the famous desert landscapist, John Hilton.  In 1969, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree as a Scholarship student from The University of California at Long Beach.  He received a Grant to work with The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in 1968.  From 1969 to 1980 he lived and worked in New York City as an actor/dancer/singer/stage manager on and off-Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera as well as regional and stock theaters.  During this time he was still painting and drawing- mostly backstage.  In 1979, he suffered a "career menopause" and enrolled at The Art Students League in New York where he studied under Robert Philipp and Robert Beverly Hale and within the year was painting full-time and exhibiting in the United States and Europe. 

His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Denver Museum of Art (U.S.A.), and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto), the Regional Museums of Óbidos and Sintra, and the Contemporary Dance Academy (Setúbal) in Portugal,

In 1993, he received a Diplomme du Honneur from the Salon XXXVII in Beziers, France.

Among his private collectors are Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom ("Amadeus") Hulce, and the late Richard Burton and Anthony Perkins - each of whom he has done portraits as well.  He accepts portrait Commissions.

Mr. Wieben resides in Cascais, Portugal and is a member of ANAP (the National Association of Plastic Artists, Portugal) and Quarto (the Cultural Association of Artists in Cascais, Portugal).  He is listed in Arte Guia, the Dictionary of Artists in the Iberian Peninsula.

Mr. Wieben has taught painting and drawing privately for the past 18 years and been very pleased that most of his students have had personal success and that some of his students have also done well professionally.

 

 

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