Michael Klein is part of a group of American realist painters leading a movement hearkening back to the Renaissance and French Academic traditions. Klein has had five solo exhibitions in the United States and has also participated in several international group shows, such as the American Chinese Oil Painting Artist League (ACOPAL) exhibition held at the World Art Museum in Beijing.
He and his colleagues have started a new video-production company at their studio in North Carolina, showcasing some of the most successful painters working today. They have also produced a series of videos called The Line, where the trio select a work from a renowned artist to discuss live in the studio. The Line has attracted the attention of audiences around the world for its sincere effort to discuss connoisseurship and its unique format.
Klein’s work has been published in numerous magazines such as American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Art Collector. In 2016, Klein was awarded the prestigious William F. Draper Grand Prize at the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition.
Born in 1980, Klein was nineteen when he began his serious training in classical ateliers. His first teacher was Richard Whitney, one of New Hampshire's most prominent portrait painters and a pupil of R.H. Ives Gammell. Klein continued studying in Minneapolis at the Atelier Lack, founded by Richard Lack, a classical painter whose efforts were in part responsible for the revival of traditional painting in the United States.
Seeking to broaden his education, Klein began studying at The Art Students League of New York under the tutelage of the late Nelson Shanks. In 2002, Klein entered what would become his final educational destination, the Water Street Atelier (now Grand Central Atelier), where he apprenticed under founder Jacob Collins until 2005.
Klein is represented by Ann Long Fine Art (Charleston, SC), Collins Galleries (Orleans, MA), Legacy Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ and Bozeman, MT), Maxwell Alexander Gallery (Culver City, CA), and Palm Avenue Fine Art (Sarasota, FL).