Michael Cheval is the world’s leading contemporary artist, specializing in Absurdist paintings, drawings and portraits. In his definition, ‘Absurdity” is an inverted side or reality, a reverse side of logic. It does not emerge from the dreams of surrealists, or the work of subconsciousness. It is a game of imagination, where all ties are carefully chosen to construct a literary plot. Any one of Cheval’s paintings is a map of his journey into illusion. Cheval’s work is often metaphorical and requires a sharp eye to decipher the often hidden allusions.
Born in 1966 in Kotelnikovo, a small town in southern Russia, Cheval developed a passion for art in his early childhood. When his family moved to Germany in 1980, the Western European culture made a great impression on the young artist. In 1986 he moved to Turkmenistan and graduated from Ashgabad school of Fine Art. Absorbing Eastern philosophy and the character of Central Asia, Cheval began working as an independent professional artist, shaping his style and surrealistic direction. His decision to immigrate in 1997 to the U.S. began a new epoch for the artist. He returned to the Western culture that greatly inspired him in his German youth, but now he brought his own experience, vision and philosophy.
In 1998, Cheval became a member of New York’s prestigious National Arts Club, where he was distinguished with the Exhibition Committee Award in 2000. He is also a member of the Society of Art of Imagination since 2002. Cheval published two full-color art albums, Lullabies in 2004 and Nature of Absudity in 2007. His work is internationally recognized and acclaimed.