Michael Meyersfeld works and lives in Johannesburg with his wife Saranne. He is currently pursuing is Master’s degree in History of Art at Wits University. His spare time is spent reading and playing the violin.
His work, presented as social commentary, is notable for its stark, sometimes sombre, lonely and edgy imagery that has separateness from reality. His recent work has shifted to a contemplation of the inherent qualities in objects. They require a different type of eye, not an eye programmed to understand, to fathom or to find a narrative but one that is alerted to a deeper sense of awareness. The volume of the external world has been turned down in order that both the artist and the viewer can hear and feel the silence. These images could be rendered as abstractions, as less representational, less reliant on meaning and understanding. They are images drawing on texture and dramatic tension more than a linear narrative, pictures more inclined to be felt, to be experienced, than to be understood.
Meyersfeld has won numerous awards, his work hangs in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, The Constitutional Court Art Collection, The Absa Bank Collection and numerous private collections.