Michael Flohr

About Michael Flohr

All I do is paint everyday. It’s an obsession, I can’t stop,” says Michael Flohr, a San Diego artist whose modern impressionist paintings of bar and cafe scenes and rainswept city streets offer a social commentary on our times. To some extent Michael paints, rather than writes, his social commentary. “I am not the best writer,” he admits. “I have these great thoughts and they come out better on canvas than as written words on paper” His broad, square brush strokes create almost a mosaic effect; Leaving an illusion of the characters depicted to tell the story in vivid, pure pigmented colors through their gestures and subtleties.
At a young age Flohr was diagnosed with Dyslexia, and by second grade he had fallen behind in school. As a result, his parents arranged tutoring in all subjects including art. It was here he excelled and felt his most self.
Later, he entered the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Encouraging him in his pursuit, his grandfather promised to pay half his college loans upon graduation. “It showed me he believed in me,” Flohr reminisced. In his final year at the academy he was accepted into New York’s Society of Illustrators.
Flohrs style has been described as a cornucopia of avante garde, abstract expressionism, and impressionism. He finds inspiration in the colors of Cezanne, he was not afraid to use pure pigment, straight from the tube, a characteristic Michael strives to emulate.

“I want to show that a painting doesn’t have to be challenging. It can be something that pleases your eye; It doesn’t have to have meaning. You don’t have to dissect it. Enjoy it’s beauty and what it brings to you.”