Michel Balasis, M.F.A.
Title/s: Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Office #: Mundelein 916
External Webpage: www.mbpopart.com , popchicagogallery.com
Michel Balasis currently teaches Digital Media, and Visual Communication courses at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Balasis is the Chair of the Technology Committee in the area of Fine Arts. In that capacity he is responsible for the Macintosh computer systems used in Visual Communication and Photography.
Born in France and raised by Greek parents in Michigan, Michel is a Pop Artist and designer with a modern edge, who draws from a wide variety of life experiences. His bold graphic imagery is developed with clean contour line and vibrant color to create striking narrative visuals, which are reminiscent of the Pop Art style of the 1960’s and 70’s.
A childhood filled with international travel and an acquired love for musical and applied arts are the basis of his continuing voyage in the art world. Painting in acrylics, Michel makes reference to popular culture derived from an addiction to cartoon and comic book imagery. Michel enjoys making subtle commentary about life in modern American society. He is influenced by everyday events, as well as major artistic inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring.
Michel maintains a studio and residence in Chicago. He earned an MFA in Design from Michigan State University, where he first began his research on the effect of technology on culture and the fine arts. As a professional graphic designer, Michel has developed his stylized imagery with typography into the creation of a variety of printed materials and marketing applications.
Michel is the owner of Pop Chicago Gallery located in Wicker Park, where he showcases the work of 4 prominent Pop Artists, including his own. He began exhibiting paintings at age 23. His most recent work reflects a deeper investigation of his interpretation of the human interface, and reaction to the evolving mass media / social media dominated culture. Michel regularly shows his Pop Art paintings throughout the year, with highlight exhibitions in the Fall and Spring of each year.
See examples, and a full collection of his work at the two websites listed above.
M.F.A., Michigan State University
B.F.A., Michigan State University
Professor Balasis currently teaches Digital Media 1, Digital Media 2, Digital Media 3, Senior Exhibition Preparation, and 2-Dimensional Design at Loyola University Chicago.