It was a great honor to be present at the 5th Biennale RavennaMosiaco festival in October! I was thrilled to have my work included with so many superstars of the mosaic world. But the best part was meeting colleagues and friends from all over the world converging on the little town of Ravenna, Italy to celebrate the ancient and ever-evolving medium of mosaic! Grazie mille to the AIMC panel for choosing my work to participate! A moment I will always remember!
I am super excited and honored that my work "La Primavera" has been selected to travel to Ravenna for the RavennaMosaico 2017 Biennale di Mosaico exhibition: Opere dal Mondo October 7-November 26, 2017!I can't even tell you what a dream-come-true this honor is to have a work of mine represent me in the city where my mosaic training and roots began!
Grazie Grazie Grazie!
COMUNE DI RAVENNA
RavennaMosaico 2017, Rassegna Biennale di Mosaico Contemporaneo
From 2017 October the 7th to November 26t
Ravenna, 20th July 2017
Subject: announcement about OPERE DAL MONDO 2017 selection
Dear Madame, dear Sir
We hereby are very happy to give you notice that your work has been selected to participate at the Exhibition OPERE DAL MONDO 2017 that will take place in Ravenna at Chiostri Francescani from October the 7th to November the 26th, in the framework of RavennaMosaico 2017, Rassegna Biennale di Mosaico Contemporaneo promoted by Comune of Ravenna and by Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei (AIMC).
As soon as possible we’ll send to you all the instructions to send us your work.
Congratulating with you we send you our best regards.
I have the honor of being invited to participate in the pilot program of an amazing 17-day Residency and Exhibition in Venice, Italia. The theme will be "West meets East/ East meets West" and is centered on creating work beside other artists of different disciplines at the Arsenale Docks , then followed by an exhibition paralleling the 57th Venice Biennale . I am trying to raise the funds required to participate which include studio space, lodging, air-fare, materials, shipping and living expenses while there.
As a mosaic artist this is a dream for me and an opportunity I very much want to take advantage of. Can you imagine getting to go to the studio every day to create mosaics in this magical city for two weeks!
My excitement at being able to participate in this residency would only be matched by my gratitude towards all who can contribute, no matter how small or large, or even moral support towards making this a possibility. $3000+ donation owns one of these works of mine, or one of the Venetian works created if not sold, $500 + a signed poster of work of your choice, $200+ 12-set of postcards of my work, $100+ 6 postcards, under $100 a postcard and ❤!
Warmest of regards and thank you!
I am happy and honored to announce that my sculptural mosaic Heart "Still Beating" has been installed in the lobby of the new Linked-in Building in downtown San Francisco!
222 2nd Street is the address!
The building has a colossal public space as well as well as a public lobby. The Heart-work can be seen in the lobby or from the street through windows.
I'm delighted to have my work "La Primavera" in the annual Mosaic Arts International Exhibit 2016 at the Women's Museum of CA in San Diego. April 1-May 29th, 2016
Recently I came up against a frustration that I thought was worthy of writing about as it was a good lesson for myself.
So I started consulting with my friend Luca in Ravenna who works with Luciana Notturni and her associates who were my teachers.
Luca started pointing out “less regular shapes, less regular shapes, you must mix up the size and dimensions and angles of the shapes”
Luca reminded me of my roots in Ravenna where Luciana Notturni encourage us not to use perfect cuts so as not to make it look machine made but hand-made.
Now, I teach my students that the way you lay the tesserae is much more important than having perfect cuts, but in my own practice I had lost sight of this and wasn’t practicing what I preached!
I teach andamento principles and cleanliness so much that I had forgotten this until His Majesty the Emperor appeared on my easel.
But when it came time to lay the gold in the background I worked with the existing andamento lines but cleaned them up in my usual fashion and found that it looked terrible.
Totally missing the character of the imperfect cuts and imperfect laying lines of the original.
After consulting with Luca in Ravenna, even when I tried to consciously vary the shape of tesserae I found myself laying in clean lines unlike the original.
It ended up looking more like some Venetian styles where everything is perfectly fit together, than it did the Ravenna style the original was done in. This resulted in it being clean and correct, but completely unsatisfying style-wise or character-wise to me.
My friend Michael Photopoulos, who works a lot with iconography, compared the looser Byzantine Ravenna styles to a textured velvet; meant to be seen from a bit of a distance. As opposed to some more modern Venetian styles to silk; that look perfect and seamless even up close. I like that comparison.
It took a conscious effort to not adjust it and get it out of my hand and laid in the approximate background andamento with not such clean interstices. BUT in the end I was absolutely thrilled with the stylistic outcome and had to go back and roughen up what I had already cut and laid the previous day. There’s way more to do but I’m staying with the rough cuts for the background. Another advantage of working the gold looser is that you have the ability of tilting the tesserae slightly in various directions as the Byzantines did to reflect the available light from many directions.
For myself I had to take a lesson to beware of the perfection trap. I think that sometimes with too much perfection you may sacrifice the human element in the look of a mosaic. We want to see YOU and YOUR hand. Not a machine’s perfection.
I like to say "Strive for excellence, not perfection. There is a difference."
We’re so pleased to share that your 2015 Hearts Sculpture was selected for one of three 2016 Ghirardelli Chocolate Bars featuring Hearts in San Francisco and supporting San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. During February, a portion of each chocolate bar sale at Ghirardelli store locations will benefit the Foundation—store locations below. Chocolate bars are also available at The Cellar at Macy’s Union Square and 1oo% of each chocolate bar sale at Macy’s will be donated back to the Foundation. Attached you’ll find a PDF of Macy’s promotional signage and this year’s chocolate bar designs. We’ll be promoting on Foundation Facebook and Twitter throughout the month.
Dear Michael Kruzich,
We are very pleased to inform you that your work, La Primavera, has been selected to be included in the Mosaic Arts International 2016: Fine Art exhibition at Women’s Museum of California at Liberty Station in San Diego, CA. We received over 200 entries from artists all over the world. The 2016 Jurors, Elaine M. Goodwin, Sherri Warner Hunter, and Bernice Steinbaum, carefully considered every piece. Their dedicated work culminated in the selection of 35 works for inclusion in the MAI Fine Art exhibition to be held from March 30 – May 27, 2016. Congratulations!
24" x 16", Stone, Smalti, Vitreous Glass, 2015
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"Still Beating" is a large-scale sculptural mosaic created for the Hearts for San Francisco Program benefitting the Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital. It represents aproximately 930 hours of work and over 54,500 hand-cut and laid tesserae in natural stone, Italian smalti, 24-k gold and Swarovski crystals. It lives at the corner of Geary and Powell streets in Union Square, San Francisco through October 2015.
Heroes&Hearts Hearts After Dark
Benefiting San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation Reveals 25 New Heart Designs for the 2015 ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ Series
Sales of the hearts to raise much-needed funds for vital initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
SAN FRANCISCO (December 4, 2014) — San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) announced today that it will debut the brand new artworks of the ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ series at the tenth annual Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark on Thursday February 12, 2015 on the field at AT&T Park. The 25 new hearts feature a variety of designs, ranging from reflective chrome, Swarovski crystals, wood panels, Polaroid photos, kaleidoscope-like shapes and more. The series includes nine large hearts, five table top hearts and 11 mini mosaic hearts. Each heart will be sold to raise funds to support vital programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General). Hearts in San Francisco artworks combined with Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark proceeds (2004 - 2014) have raised more than $11.5 million for The Foundation.
The unique heart sculptures, found throughout the city, have become iconic to San Francisco locals and tourists alike, serving as a reminder the vital role of The General. After the Hearts events, select large hearts may remain on display in San Francisco's Union Square. The artists selected for the 2015 series are Kristine Brandt, Beka Brayer, Tom Connelly, Sara Dykstra, Kristin Farr, Dora Aldworth Grinnell, Michael J. Kruzich, Laura Lineback, Mackiebuilder.com, Kristine Mays, Polaroid SF, Barbara Schlein, Swarovski Crystal and Jeffery Thompson. In addition, the eleven mini mosaic artists are Randina Casenza, Gina Dominguez, Elizabeth Grindon, Dmitry Grudsky, Sofia Harrison, Wenia Lee, Jill Stevenson Ritter, Karen Thompson, Joi Tripp, Ann Watters and Wesley Wong. Additional details about the mini-mosaic artists will be released at a later date. Images of the mini-mosaics are available here.
“As the Foundation prepares for the new hospital to open in December 2015, we are honored to have so many local artists and designers that have contributed their talent to help spread the word about The Heart of Our City,” says Schuyler Hudak, Co-Chair of Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark. “The 10th anniversary of the luncheon will host the most diverse group of heart designs, which celebrate the uniqueness of our great city.”
The 2015 Heroes & Hearts Luncheon takes place on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at AT&T Park. Tickets for the event range in price from $300 for single seats to $5,000 for event sponsorship. To purchase tickets or to find out more about sponsorship, call 415-206-4478 or visit sfghf.org/events/heroes- hearts/tickets/. For more information about Hearts After Dark, visit: sfghf.org/events/hearts-after-dark/
Event sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Webcor Builders, Wells Fargo, McKesson Foundation, PG&E, The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, VISA, Macy’s, The Mary Wohlford Foundation, Jeanne and Sanford Robertson and Walgreens. Media sponsors include 7x7, JC Decaux, KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.com and Where magazine.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Large Hearts (5’ tall x 5’9” wide x 3’3” deep)
MICHAEL J. KRUZICH— Michael was trained at the renowned Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy by Maestra Luciana Notturni and her colleagues. He maintains a professional studio practice in San Francisco called MKMosaics, producing fine art mosaics and commissions for private and commercial clients. His piece, “Still Beating!” features an image of a heart-rate monitor that creates the outline of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Each tessera, a mixture of Natural Stone, Italian Smalti (glass), 24-k Gold (glass) and Swaravski Crystals, is cut by hand and laid one-by-one. There are over 54,500 tesserae in the entire sculptural mosaic and collectively represents more than 930 hours of work in the span of 3 months.
'Still Beating!' Slideshow
About San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) is an independent not-for-profit corporation 501(c)(3) that provides fundraising support to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General). The Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education and care for all at The General. Funds raised by the Foundation allow The General to continue its long history of providing quality health care to San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Some of the programs funded wholly or in part by the Foundation include the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the Children’s Health Center, the Acute Care for Elders (ACE Unit, Cancer Awareness Resources Education (C.A.R.E.), the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center (BAPAC) and the Orthopedic Trauma Institute. For more information, please visit www.sfghf.org.
Michael J Kruzich - Solo Exhibit
September 15- November 7, 2013
Institute of Mosaic Art
805 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94710