Mark Twain said the two most important days of your life are the day you’re born and the day you figure out why. For Henry Michaelis, born in Washington, DC, on July 28, 1997, that elusive, all-important second day dawned twenty years later, when a springtime road trip to Oregon’s Olympic Peninsula revealed the power of his eye through a Phantom 3 drone to remake the natural world and its wildlife. The following year, in July 2018, after studying the migrations of grey whales on the Pacific Coast, he dropped out of the University of California at Santa Cruz to devote himself full time to aerial, surf, ocean, astral, and Earth photography as videography jobs took him from the sand swell of the Namibian desert to Capetown’s transilluminated stained-glass peelers to the turquoise tides of the Seychelles and Nantucket’s aqua-blue underwater dunes bisected by the brushstroke wake of a Boston Whaler.
Reggie Meredith Fitiao
Trained in the art of siapo from a young age, Reggie Meredith Fitiao has developed into a master in the art of Siapo. She was taught by Mary J. Pritchard, one of the world's foremost barkcloth artists. Reggie went on to earn her MFA and become an art professor.
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Su'a Uilisone Fitiao
Trained in the art of siapo from a young age, S'ua Uilisone Fitiao has become masters of his craft. He was taught by Mary J. Pritchard, one of the world's foremost barkcloth artists. Uilisone studied for seven years to become a tufuga ta tatau (a traditional Samoan tattoo master).
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Kadir Lopez Nieves
Cuban born, Kadir Lopez Nieves, has been featured in some of the most prestigious art shows and galleries around the globe. His work has appeared in the Havana Biennial and Art Basel and has been featured in the Guggenheim, the Rubin and Sotheby’s collections. Known for the creativity and individuality of his installations, as well as non-traditional artistic medias, Kadir’s work embodies our galleries sense of interconnectedness.