Biography / Artist Statement - Michael D. Edens
Interview with artist Michael D. Edens
Born in 1980 in Rochester Minnesota, Michael D. Edens grew up around clever programmers and humanitarian medical staff respectively employed at the world famous IBM corporation and Mayo Clinic medical institution. After graduating from Lourdes High School in 1998, Michael attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he recieved his Certificate in Film/Video Production. He subsequently transferred to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design to enrich his visual communication skills in Interactive Design.
During his time at MCAD he began working as a web developer. Inspired by the potential of the Internet, Michael transferred to the University of Minnesota in 2001, where he created and pioneered the very first Media Arts / Computer Studies degree through the School of Individualized Learning.
Since graduating in 2003, Michael has consistently worked as a Web Development and Marketing Specialist, and has additionally worked with amazing institutions such as Scholastic Inc., Mayo Clinic, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, WNYC Radio, Art Education for the Blind, Channel One News, and numerous clients in visual art, music, radio, theatre, and dance.
Simultaneously, Michael's visual artistic style and vision was forged amidst constant change and life challenges. He occasionally participated in solo and group shows, won awards, and has supported various humanitarian and cultural enrichment programs via visual art donations to The Los Angeles Zoo, The Western Australia Department of Education, AIDS Walk (New York and San Francisco), Find Your Talent (The Customs House, UK), Indian Institute of Technology's Cognitive Science Review, Hoofdzaken Periodical of the Dutch Migraine Association, and various books and periodicals. In 2009, Michael co-founded the wildly successful collaborative art gallery, "The Artist Challenge".
Michael's latest artistic efforts consist of creating visual art while documenting his creative process at www.mde-art.com. He also provides online marketing for businesses, as well as artwork for websites, at www.edensworks.com.
Michael currently resides in Houston Texas, continuing to explore the space between abstract and conventional art by experimenting with the creative limits of mixed media, including:
- Pens & Ink
- Paint Pens
- Colored Pencils
- Graphite & Pencils
- Charcoal & Chalk
- Oil Pastels
- Acrylic Paints
- Oil Paints
- Whatever else is around
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