Mike is a native of New York City to which he attributes much of his initial creative influence. Growing up blocks away from beacons of culture, such as Lincoln Center, exposed him to the arts early on.
A type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 9, Mike always felt drawn to the medical field, however, was steered toward the arts and away from the sciences which did not come as naturally to him. He went on to study studio art and neuropsychology at Skidmore College where he first began to recognize the parallels between art and science and is also where he gained the academic confidence to realize his dream of becoming a physician.
Mike then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University, graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and is now a resident at NYU.
The body of his work is largely inspired by his medical studies, human form, and the human condition. He has gained national recognition for his use of visual study techniques and his doodling of his medical journey on Instagram, which was highlighted on Buzzfeed. His work has been featured periodically in the health section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mike currently lives and attends medical school in Philadelphia and plans to do a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology.
With each artwork created by Mike and sold through PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an organization dear to this artist's heart and ours.