Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children's Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
Along with creating his own pieces of art, Kraus is inspired by his collaborations with patrons, collectors, curators, interior decorators, and fellow artists. These influences have led to his experimenting with new materials, subjects, and ideas of making and displaying his artwork. Always looking to make a collection that is cohesive and innovative. Many of his clients commission Kraus to produce pieces to suit their needs, lifestyle, and individual tastes-beneficial to improve an existing room or to make a new space look more impressive.
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