"He sees beauty in people and nature, expressing his vision he gives to them, recognizing a oneness with the universe, he receives. The camera has allowed his own third dimension to appear before our very own eyes." (Natalie Pegler, 2009).
Through his writing, photography, film making, botanicals and carving Michael Asti-Rose expresses his belief that his art is one of sharing; art in all its forms exists to fulfill the want and need of people.
His parents ran a printing press in Lahore and later moved to Delhi, India. As a child he enjoyed living next to the legendary celestial observatory called the Jantar Mantar. In 1960 his family immigrated to Canada, and Michael started to take photographs, which he published with his own texts. He attended the London International Film School and later worked for the CBC as a film editor. His first experimental film, Mirror Mirror won an award at the Atlanta Film Festival and the Ontario Arts council award. A comedy called Silent Movie won a Genie.
In 1981 Michael was living in Taos, when he started to experiment with mixed media and discovered a love for bas relief wood carving in sugar pine. A need to make relevant public art for the people, he began a series of public benches. He liked to quote Michelangelo ''I am happiest with a chisel in me hand''. His favorite art is double exposure and surrealistic photography, particularly of the visible Goddess, womankind.
Born Pakistan: Lahore, 23 March 1949
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