Mike Shane was born in 1970 in Luxembourg. He studied graphic arts and illustration in Luxembourg at the Beaux-Arts, in Austria at the "Graphische" in Vienna and at the Design Studio in St. Pölten.
In Spring 1999, he founded "The Visualizer", a concept & event workshop. This work eventually led him to Bodypainting, which he has been exploring since October 1999.
His encounter with tomphoto in March 2002 initiated an intense artistic development process.
In addition to the many independent art performances that Mike and tomphoto devote a lot of time to, highlights also include the CANON COLOUR CAMPAIGN a series of live action-painting events in six Austrian state capitals in 2003, an appearance at Interspot-Studios in 2002, an artist portrait on "TW1" in 2002, as well as an action-painting-special on the VOX TV channel in 2004.
In 2003, Mike founded his own Model & Artist Agency, which is beginning to show first signs of success in Austria.
2009 and 2010 Mike cooperated with Austria's next Top Model.
2010 foundation of "CREACHIEFS" an International Artist Corporation for Bodypainting and Art
Mike is constantly searching for cooperations with other artists.
- jurymember for the first "beuaty-forum" bodypainting contest in munich 2010
hot nylons (edition skylight 2003)
bowling oase, salzburg (2007)
2005,2007,2008: Living Room, Tulln, Workshops für youths between 15 and 18 of age.
canon, bacardi, heineken, burgerking, audi, WWF, ford, mars, puma, swatch, camel, ORF enterprises, moet&chandon, seat, skoda, pioneer, citroen, finlandia, minolta, xerox, rigips, ströck, mömax, kapsreiter, antenne wien, nivea, MTV, loveparade, nil, benson&hedges, quadriga, oasebad, lorencic, würth, john harris, segafredo, rauch fruchtsäfte, austria’s next top model
Karala Barendregt, author of „Bringing Bodypainting to Life“ about Mike Shane:
Mike Shane, Luxembourg
Mike Shane’s style of bodypainting is exhilarating and potent. His creation of the ‘action painting’ style is an innovation and a breakthrough. The technique remains his alone, as he works in the ‘now’ to colour moments of space and time. His work brings together all the necessary aspects of bodypainting - painter, performer, photographer, with such clarity of vision that his artwork is unforgettable.
Mike has studied fine arts and in his performances work with athletic and balletic models whose movements are elegant and intriguing. Mike’s radical liquid splashes of colours contrast with each other on ever changing levels as he composes, changes and destroys his fluid orchestral artworks. His works also celebrate the movement of paint with gravity, how fast, where and why it will move a certain way over the shapes it reaches.
Mike has created an impressive portfolio of work for advertising and promotion. Some of these works are carried out in his action painting style but many of them show a separate angle to his work that is equally creative. Mike is able to take the logo or idea of the company he is contracted by and to design it into a bold pattern of colours that lives on the body. These bodypaintings are equally important as they show that it is possible to create a commercial bodypainting and still have an artwork as a finished product.
action painting, also known as body-art-performance is a variant of bodypainting that uses coincidence as a creative element. the intuitive pouring and spilling of paint by the artist combines with paint already running down a body to create a maximum dynamic effect. in this variant, bodies will initially be given a foundation of paint using traditional paintbrush and sponge techniques, and will then be poured on, spilled on and splashed on in an appropriately chosen color.