Iconographer Michael Kapeluck - Interview for ORTHODOX ARTS FESTIVAL 2022

Michael Kapeluck was born in the Unites States in the Western Pennsylvania town of Carnegie just outside of Pittsburgh. He is the grandson of Ukrainian immigrants and has been a lifelong communicant of his local parish of St. Peter & St. Paul.

Michael trained in the arts for 12 years at both the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University graduating with high honors and a Bachelors of Fine Art.

After graduation he immersed himself in the local contemporary art scene showing his work at numerous area art galleries. Ultimately Michael found the secular contemporary art world to be unfulfilling, that there was something missing.

He found what he was searching for right where it always was, in the Church. He had always been part of the Orthodox faith, but when it came to his art, the Church was never given serious thought and even at times was pushed away. But now, he submitted to God and told Him to do with him what He willed. Michael quit his job and also gave up the world of secular art to devote his life to the study and creation of the sacred art of iconography.

For the past 35 years Michael has created icon murals and panels for over 30 churches across the U.S. and icon panels for hundreds of individuals. He continues to enjoy the challenge of pushing his skills to greater levels and he thanks the Lord for such a tremendous blessing to be able to have a sustained career in this sacred art of the Church. Michael continues to live, paint and worship in his home town of Carnegie.

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