Michael Las Casas has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil, crayon or as his mother put’s it, “anything thatMichaelLaCasa_pic.jpgwould make a mark.” Street painting for almost 20 years, he began his “Mandonnari” works at the Lake Worth Street painting Festival in 1995. Never one to do a “Master’s Reproduction” Michael always creates his own works to paint. “I find it a great venue to get my art out there for the masses to see.” Sometimes it’s a Sea turtle, or a Koi pond, and other times it can be a classic racing car or a composite of multiple Nasa images, and let’s not forget his favorite subjects “Critters with teeth.” As Michael likes to call them. “My all time favorite has to be “Breakfast FOR Tiffany. A full grown T-Rex bursting though the edge of the forest, her mouth fully agape, in ambush of it’s “breakfast”….the viewer.”

Michael is currently employed as a Senior Graphic designer for the same firm for almost 24 years, and is looking forward to reaching retirement to pursue a life of Art around the country, including street painting. Michael is also a adjunct faculty member for the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach Florida. “For me, Street Painting has so many avenues to offer and explore, meeting interesting people, and places, but for me, the most important thing is the camaraderie I find amongst other “mandonnari” I have met from all over the world. I have yet to find another venue that offers anything close to this and hope to keep doing it as long as I am physically able.”