Michael Anthony Paglia was born in Florida, and then spent 14 years in western Pennsylvania before moving to Texas with his family.
In the Spring of 2004 Michael won First Place -Middle School Division of the "Fiesta in San Antonio" Student Art Contest. Later that year his "Pancho Claus" drawing was selected out of 1080 entries as the "Official Christmas Card" of San Antonio. The following year, Michael's work "Grande Finale" was selected from approximately 1000 entries as the Overall Winner of the "Fiesta in San Antonio" Student Art Contest.
In 2006 The Texas Commission on the Arts named Michael a "Texas Young Master" for his artistic excellence . Later that year his Texas "Anti-Gang Poster Contest" entry was judged Overall Winner. His poster served as a visual encouragement to high school students across the state of Texas.
Michael's work begins with a real life image or idea to which he gives a humorous, whimsical twist. Each "twist" is influenced by his experiences and observations of people and nature.
The characters in his paintings and drawings are portrayed as positive, often innocent, sometimes mischievous, but never sinister. Even the mobster in "Bada Boom" has a gun that fires only a flag with confetti. He achieves success with a piece if those observing it smile, think deeply for a while, and smile some more while imagining the various meanings it may have for them.
Rarely does Michael go anywhere without a sketchbook in hand to capture what his imagination may generate with each new encounter. At an early age he began drawing with colored pencil, and later added ink, acrylic paint and colored markers. He completed his first oil painting at age 13. Much of his work since then has been with oil on linen. "I like the feel of oil and the vivid colors and detail I can achieve with it." - Michael
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."