Bayonne artist has first local solo show

Mike “Big Mike” Saviello is coming home for his first solo exhibition in his hometown Bayonne.

With over 20 paintings primarily of portraits and flowers Big Mike, 58, started painting two years ago.

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Nailing a Chelsea Gallery show and upcoming exhibit at Miami Art Basel, Big Mike has had more press about his paintings and his style and his story over the last year than any other contemporary up and coming new artist could possibly hope for, and he has only just started.

The Astor Place Hair Stylists is a buzzing, no joke kind of serious barbershop with over 40 chairs and an influx of activity and well known clientele.

Big Mikes work day lunch consists of his permanent studio in the back of the cavernous space, a bottle of good wine and a lunch usually cooked and prepared by himself.

Allowing himself only a one hour lunch of productive painting, Big Mike paints fast and furiously and with incredible accuracy. His style is loaded with influences of Michelango and Leonardo Da Vinci, and are extremely colorful and strong.

When you are in the room with his works you feel Big Mikes frenzied style by the way he transforms colors, line and form. It’s emotional. His works are true to original great impressionists of the past. They are quick and messy but, unlike impressionistic paintings where they look unfinished Big Mike’s certainly without doubt are finished works.

Opening Reception Friday, November 22, 5-11 p.m., FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN BAYONNE

Dollhaus II focuses on Big Mikes portraits and flowers with his love of boxers and baseball players. There will be a wide selection of his Chuck Wepner paintings Bayonne’s finest aka The Bayonne Bleeder who endured 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and lived to tell quite a story.

The exhibition will have many portrait characters that inspire Big Mike from Robert DeNiro, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and clearly a reoccurring theme of the great Marilyn Monroe and, of course, Harriet the love of his life. The exhibition shows his obsession with painting flowers. They are simply beautiful. Big Mike is the new contemporary of current pop impressionism.

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