First Place in the Chicago Pastel Painters Members Show
Wallace Award of Excellence in the Chicago Pastel Painters National Competition
Honorable Mention in the Cedarburg Plein Air Competition
Best of Show in the Crabtree Nature Center Plein Air Competition
Best of Show in the Senior Artists Network Exhibit at the South Shore Cultural Center
Best of Show in the Senior Artists Network "Later Impressions" Exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center
Award of Excellence from the Sierra Pastel Society's International Exhibition held in El Dorado Hills,California
Chicago artist Michael Latala expresses the natural beauty he sees in the world around him through his deft handling
of materials such as oil paint, pastels and charcoal. His landscapes, still life, figurative and portrait work offer a fresh
and seemingly effortless symphony of color.
After receiving a Associate of Arts degree in Advertising/Design from the American Academy of Art, Michael has had
a successful career as a storyboard illustrator working on staff at Draft FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, two of Chicago's largest advertising agencies. Pursuing his love of painting, he's studied with Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Romel De La Torre
and Richard Schmid.
Michael strives to achieve the overpowering beauty of those artists whom he most admires and continue to inspire him such as Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn.
Michael is a member of:
-The American Impressionist Society
-Master member of Chicago Pastel Painters
-Oil Painters of America
-Pastel Society of America
-Portrait Society of America
-Skokie Art Guild
He's currently represented by River's End Gallery in Elm Grove Wisconsin