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Meet Michael Carini of Carini Arts in University Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Carini.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Michael. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a San Diego based artist. I was raised in San Diego, left for college at Loyola Marymount University (graduated Magna cum Laude and candidate for Valedictorian), and returned to San Diego in 2006 in an effort to cultivate our art scene.

My work is very different from anything that has been done before and very recognizable. I have a broad and powerful repertoire of work. My work is extremely vulnerable and about overcoming struggle. Some of my work has been inspired by:

-2009 assault and battery that left me with multiple facial fractures, concussion, and severe eye trauma

-Experiences with abuse and addiction


-My father’s suicide, which I didn’t even learn about until 2012 when I met my biological family as I myself was on the precipice of homelessness. He shot himself on my mother’s 21st Birthday. I spent the last 5 years working on a project most people didn’t even know I was working on as a tribute to him. Part of the project entailed painting his suicide note that he never left. The project had a 4-month exhibition at NTC Liberty Station in conjunction with the Expressive Arts Institute

-The disappearance of my best friend, love, and muse in 2015. I suspect she was murdered and they released a Dateline special on her this past Summer.

-Last week I burned a 10k painting as a sacrifice (documenting it with a photo shoot and video). This process based conceptual project addresses a number of issues related to art and culture.

I spend a great deal of my time not only creating art but offering my services as an art teacher and mentor. I lecture on inspiration and the business of art. I have regularly been posting inspiration entries from my art journal and holding a public Q & A for artists young and old to ask me questions about art and life. I then anonymize them and post them to offer free guidance and support.

Here is an artist statement directly off of my website:
Don’t be afraid to be different…Be afraid to be the same

Michael Carini received his artistic training in Los Angeles, studying at Loyola Marymount University while simultaneously serving as an apprentice under respected artists Jane Brucker and Roland Reiss. Graduating at the top of his class in 2006 with honors including the Scholar of Distinction Award in Painting, Carini returned to his hometown in San Diego, where he currently maintains his studio.

Michael Carini’s creative visions will play with your senses and illuminate the human condition as he delves into the uncensored depths of his mind and invites you to catch a glimpse of the other side. Transmuting his medium through what he describes as a poetically alchemical process based upon the principles of equivalent exchange (Acrylic Alchemy), it is Carini’s hope that you will completely lose yourself within these labyrinthine experiences, only to discover a new sense of self and emerge reborn.
Welcome to the world of “The Boy in The Box”-


Artist Direct Original Artwork & Custom Reproductions

Carini Arts specializes in turnkey art investment services for celebrities, corporate art collections, hotels, commercial buildings, private collectors, and museums & galleries worldwide-

Has it been a smooth road?
I believe my response on the last question addressed these. It has never at any point been easy for me. Also, worth mentioning, when I receive my rejection notices, I post them for other people to see so that they can realize that even someone they see as successful experiences failures and rejection. I find this helps because our FB society only sees snapshots of the lives of others. Generally, those snapshots are only the highlights and so we presume we are the only ones struggling, and that’s not true. Every single day is a struggle for me. Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to keep my business going.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Carini Arts story. Tell us more about the business.
I think I may have way over-addressed the first question and answered this there too. Not only am I one of the most avant-garde artists of today, I’m also a businessman, a teacher, and a mentor. I’m proud of the fact that I am fully invested in a dream I was told would never be possible. It’s not easy, but I’m doing it and I’m doing it my way.

In regards to standing out, my slogan is:
Don’t be afraid to be different…Be afraid to be the same

I find solutions for anyone and everyone. If you’re on a student budget, I can find a reproduction option for you. I’m fully licensed and insured. I can deliver anything all over the world. I have work in over a dozen countries and at some point, I hope to hit every country.

I’m proud of the fact that even with periods of success, I have been able to humble myself and remember who I am and why I started doing this to begin with. I think that’s why I’ve been focused on the Q & A series lately. It’s my way of giving back. Many of my services I’m not even compensated for, but I do it because I love it and I figure if I give everything I have, the universe will take care of me.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The digital age has changed everything. Many brick and mortar galleries are going the wayside because overhead expenses are simply too high and the younger generations prefer to peruse Facebook, Instagram, and purchase things online.

In terms of type of art that is being created and deemed acceptable, I believe that is opening up more than ever. I believe the appreciation for art will continue to grow at a rapid pace. The only downfall is that getting noticed is becoming more difficult because we are oversaturated with images and ideas on social media. The key here is consistency and finding a way to stand out and formulate an identity in a world where that is becoming increasingly difficult. 


  • *Original artwork at a variety of price points with payment terms negotiable
  • *Custom reproductions starting under $100
  • *Teaching, lectures, demos and additional art services available

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