Michael Torquato DeNicola: Oceans

A new Film by Eric Minh Swenson.

Michael Torquato deNicola is a world traveling and award winning surfer, artist and filmmaker.

Mike grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Southern California, he is a lifelong surfer with much of his inspiration coming from the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more.

Mike started surfing at the age of 12 and was competing with the US team by age 19. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic and creative pursuits and the business of surf.

Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Mike’s boards tell the story of his relationship with the Oceans from around the globe. If Mike’s surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns, and forms.

Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company and creating and producing Red Bull’s ‘5X’ series, seen on FOX, NBC and Fuel TV which feature a new format of competitive surfing. Mike produced and art directed the award-winning documentary ‘The Westsiders’ and most recently the feature film ‘Chapter and Verse’ to be released early 2017.

Mikes visual works have appeared in galleries, art fairs, film festivals and  TV screens around the world over the past 20 years.

For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at thuvanarts.com. His art films can be seen at thuvanarts.com/take1

Instagram : @ericminhswenson

Eric Minh Swenson also covers the international art scene and his writings and photo essays can be seen at Huffington Post Arts: http://m.huffpost.com/us/author/eric-…

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