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I feel that portrait painting is the most noble of all art because it comes into intimate contact with human nature. Just as man is the highest form of life, so the painting of mankind must be pre-eminent for posterity.
— Michael Del Priore

Michael Del Priore

Michael Del Priore is a national award-winning portrait artist who is in the front ranks of American portrait painting. A native of South Carolina, Del Priore has painted more than 850 portraits in his 35+ year career. His works can be found in many state capitals, state supreme courts, universities, banks, hospitals, boardrooms and private collections. Distinguished subjects include Bill Gates, Senators Strom Thurman, Richard Shelby, and Pat Roberts; Governors Carroll Campbell, Robert McNair, and Jim Edwards; Congressmen Henry Hyde and Bryan Dorn, and Congressmen Gerald Solomon and Bill Young can both be found in the U.S. Capitol. He has also painted House Speakers Robert Sheheen and David Wilkins.

Del Priore studied at the National Academy in New York with well-known portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, and also with Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Richard Whitney, John Sanden and Ray Goodbread. With a background in illustration work and further studies with nationally acclaimed artists, Del Priore boasts a solid portraiture foundation. 

He has taught at the University of South Carolina and the Columbia Museum of Art, and has lectured and demonstrated his art to civic groups at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and Palette and Chisel in Chicago.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Portrait Artists and as past chairman, is a member of the Artists Fellowship Society of New York. Del Priore is listed in the Who's Who of South Carolina Artists, and he lectures regularly and demonstrates for civic groups, guilds, institutes and individuals. His currently serves as Executive Director of the Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC), a new addition to the revitalized downtown Williamston, SC. 


Links and Articles

Featured portrait of Bill Gates in Wired Magazine, November 2000 and book cover "Pride Before the Fall"

Noted portrait artist in Town and Country Magazine, August 2001 - "Looking Your Best"

Highlighted portrait artist in Cigar Aficianado, June 2000 - "Investing in Oils"

Featured article on Del Priore's leading the PACAC Arts Center in Independent Mail

Featured Artist in Greenville's Town Magazine, October 2014 - "Portrait of an Artist"

Front page story in the Independent, Anderson, SC news about Del Priore's new role as director of the new Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center in Williamston, SC - "Pelzer man has spent his life painting people, now leading new arts"