Michele Amatrula, Fine Artist


Michele Amatrula has a voice and vision unique amongst contemporary photorealist painters. Using skills honed during decades as a leading professional illustrator, she depicts small glimpses of unexpected beauty in everyday life. Her work stands out for both its unexpected subject matter and exquisite portrayal of light and shadow. Amatrula embraces wear and tear, melancholy moments, and faded glory. In her capable hands, vintage bottle caps take on the evocative luster of the Dutch Masters; tattooed limbs reveal more truth than a conventional portrait; and antique household objects evoke nostalgia for a simpler time--even as they recall the complex lives of their owners. Informed by the past, Amatrula’s precise paintings celebrate the perfect imprecision of the present, and remind us of the possibility of a joyful future. 

Michele Amatrula holds a BFA from the Parsons School of Design and has received numerous awards from organizations including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, and the Bosque Conservatory of Art. She lives in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood with her family. 


•2020.   ARC Finalist Still Life Category

•2019    ARC Finalist Still Life Category

•2019    ARC Finalist Figurative Category

•2019    Portrait Society of America 6th place Still Life Category

•2016    Finalist Portrait society of America Still Life Category

•2010    Charlotte Dunwiddie Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

•2007    Artist's Magazine, Finalist , Animal Art Category

•2006    1st Place American Contemporary Dog Art Competition

•2006    Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America

•2006    Nora Roth Memorial Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

•2006    2nd Place Drawing Category, Bosque Conservatory of Art

•2006    2nd Place-American Contemporary Dog Art Competition

•2003    Romance Writers of America Artemis Award

•2002    Romance Writers of America Artemis Award


•2020  Art Love, Allen St. Gallery, NYC

•2016   Red, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK


BFA, Parsons School of Design