Michael Mao started drawing and painting at age of 7. He learned from many masters through various workshops. After graduated from Tongji University, one of the most prestigious architecture schools in China, Michael worked as a teacher for many years in School of Architecture and Urban Design at Tongji University. Michael finished his Master of Science in Visualization at Texas A&M University in 1997. Because of his traditional painting skill and computer graphics knowledge, he was hired as a Matte Painting Technical Director for Oscar winning film "Shrek" at DreamWorks Animation. Michael is currently working as a Digital Artist at DreamWorks Animation. Michael's paintings display an artistic mastery of color, lighting, perspective, technique, and vision. Michael's paintings have exhibited in many National and international juried exhibitions, and won many awards. Michael is a Master Signature Member (highest level) of Oil Painters of America. 


Awards and Recognition
2009, "Second Place", Salon International 2009, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery
2009, "Third Place", RayMar's Third Annual Fine Art Competition
2008, Finalist of months' RayMar's 3nd Annual Fine Art Competition 
2007, "3rd Place", RayMar's Third Annual Art Competition
2007, "Award of Excellence", Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition
2007, Finalist of 24rd Annual Artist's Magazine competition, "Figurative and Portrait" category 
2007, Finalist in April, May, June, and July 2007 RayMar's 2nd Annual Fine Art Competition 
2007, Grand Prize Winner for Artist's Magazine Online Competition
2007, Honorable Mentions in "Landscape" Category for Artist's Magazine Online Competition
2007, Winners for both Categories in "People And Life" and "Land and Seascapes" for the first Masterpiece Elite Salon Art Contest
2006, Finalist of 23rd Annual Artist's Magazine competition, "Figurative and Portrait" category 
2006, "Honorable Mention", Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery
2006, "Jury's Top 50", Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery
2006, "Award of Excellence", Oil Painters of America, 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2005, "Award of Excellence", Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition
2005, "Second Prize of Oil Painting," Parkhurst Art Galleries' nautical theme competition
2004, Award of Distinguished Technical Communication, STC, 2003-2004 Online Communication Competition
2001, Best Animated Feature Film for Oscar, "Shrek", PDI/DreamWorks
1998, "The Hidden Truth", was selected for inclusion in the SIGGRAPH 98 Computer Animation Festival program
1996, Faculty Citation of Merit awarded upon graduation in recognition of a record of superior academic achievement
1995, Best of Show in Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, American Institute of Architecture, Dallas

Exhibitions
2014, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
2014, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, California
2014, Oil Painters of America Masters Only Show, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, California
2014, Oil Painters of America 23th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Painters, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
2013, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis Maryland
2013, Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan
2013, Oil Painters of America 22th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Painters, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
2012, The Great American Figurative Artists Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2012, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Gallery 12|61, Denver, Colorado
2012, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
2012, Oil Painters of America 21th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Painters, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, Colorado
2011, The Great American Figurative Artists Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2011, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, California
2011, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Orleans, Massachusetts
2011, Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Painters, Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
2010, The Great American Figurative Artists Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2010, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
2010, Oil Painters of America 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Painters, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2009, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2009, Oil Painters of America 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Paintings, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009, Salon International 2008, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2008, SmallWorks North America 2007 Juried Exhibition and Sale, The Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut
2008, The Great American Figurative Artists Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2008, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
2008, Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Paintings, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana
2008, California Art Club 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California
2008, Salon International 2008, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2007, The Great American Figurative Artists Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007, SmallWorks North America 2007 Juried Exhibition and Sale, The Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut
2007, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007, Small Art Work Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2006, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Lee Youngman Gallery, Calistoga, California
2006, Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2006, Oil Painters of America 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Paintings, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana
2006, Figures Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2005, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2005, Oil Painters of America 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil Paintings, Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
2005, 2nd Annual National Juried Figure Exhibition, Red Dot Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Professional Affiliation
Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America
California Art Club