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Issue Date: January 2008


Michelangelo Lovelace

Artist
Age • 47

Why he’s interesting • The Cleveland native has been documenting Cleveland life with canvas and acrylics for more than 20 years. In September, his painting “My Home Town” ignited a controversy when Cleveland Clinic removed it from display after complaints of racial bias. It depicts a crowd of Clevelanders, with blacks and whites on opposite sides and a few people meeting in the middle.

In his words • “I wanted to do something for pride, and the way they interpreted that blew me away. This is just how Cleveland is, and that’s how I painted it. It was actually the best thing for me, because it gave me name recognition.”

Becoming Michelangelo • Though he was born Michael Anthony, childhood friends jokingly called him Michelangelo because of his obsession with art. “I was accepted into the Cleveland Institute [of Art] in 1985, and I decided that’s who I was, so I changed [my name] legally to Michelangelo Lovelace.”

Dedication • Lovelace estimates he’s done almost 400 paintings, many of which hang in his home or are stacked in his basement studio. Others are in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Art Association, the Springfield Art Museum and Progressive. “If I’m not painting, I’m drawing. If I’m not drawing, I’m researching galleries. Every piece is like a diary, a moment in time.”

Van Gogh or Picasso? • Picasso. “He knew who he was and took a stand, whereas Van Gogh kind of got in his own way.”

His most interesting person • The late Cleveland artist the Rev. Albert Wagner. “He’s one of the Cleveland legends. Even in Germany, they celebrate his work.”
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Saturday, February 28, 2009 5:13:29 PM by Anonymous
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Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:21:27 PM by Laylanie
hey i love to hear new things about new people, and i am glad to learn something new today about well Michelangelo Lovelace!!! and anonymous give it a break!!! i am 8 and my mommy tought me right and tought me how to be poite unlike you!
Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:24:05 PM by Laylanie
Why he’s interesting • The Cleveland native has been documenting Cleveland life with canvas and acrylics for more than 20 years. of racial bias. It depicts a crowd of Clevelanders, with blacks and whites on opposite sides and a few people meeting in the middle.Dedication • Lovelace estimates he’s done almost 400 paintings, many of which hang in his home or are stacked in his basement studio. Others are in galleries. Every piece is like a diary, a moment in time.”Van Gogh or Picasso? • Picasso. he late Cleveland artist the Rev. Albert Wagner. “
Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:24:59 PM by Laylanie
yeah anonymous what kind of art was he into?
Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:41:10 PM by Laylanie
ugh i want help does anyone know what type of art michelangelo did if u do can u plz tell me now?!
Sunday, March 01, 2009 5:06:28 PM by Laylanies mommy
just put he did classic paintings and that his paintings had lots and lots of color is that for your project? are you ok at daycare? well i will pick you up early today ok!!!!

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