About the Artist:

Michael Stark

One of Hawaii’s acclaimed artists for 25 years, Michael’s wish is to share the primal beauty of island life.  A self-trained artist, he began his career painting sand dollars collected while diving in Florida and selling them in his native Oklahoma.  As a teen wandering the South Seas,   Michael became fluent in traditional Polynesian culture.  The islanders taught him how to fish on the reef, climb coconut palms and survive in the jungle.  His primitive lifestyle was a major influence in his art.  Later, Michael became managing editor of Samoa News in Pago Pago.  He also wrote for USA Today, Associated Press, Pacific Magazine, and was honored with a Polynesian chief title in Samoa.  Michael’s adventures with dolphins, whales and sharks hone his talent for sharing the wild beauty of the Pacific.  He enjoys a busy family life with 5 children and his wife Sai, a Thai chef and avid gardener.  Michael has been featured in Southwest Art, Islands, Delta Sky and Hawaii magazines.  He has co-owned two galleries, was President of Lahaina Arts Society, and has been a featured artist in shows in Maui, Honolulu, Seattle and Tokyo.  The Maui Oceanfront Marathon has made Michael the official Marathon Artist for over 7 years.  He currently exhibits weekends at Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Art Fairs and hosts client visits to his mountainside studio and home in Wailuku’s Maunaleo Estates.  Once you connect with his art, you’ll find that no one does the islands quite like Michael Stark.

Painting a shipwreck on location near Sprecklesville

Michael driving mother Julie on an elephant near their farm in Thailand

Japan radio interview with Studio Rim in Waikiki

Michael and his wife, Sai

 Opening Night show reception

Trekking the Andaman Sea

Painting on location during winter
at his farm in Northern Thailand


Michael joined by a pod of spinner dolphins in the deep blue off  Lana'i

Michael with his family at home on Maui

Exploring a Korean shipwreck 120 feet down at Taema Banks, off Samoa

Fire-knife Dancing in Samoa in earlier days

 Painting plein air at Napili Bay

Michael unveils the annual Maui Oceanfront Marathon original painting

Channeling "King Rama V" as MC of Thai Loy Krathong Festival with Thai Princesses

Teaching ecology to local youth at Kealia Pond Federal Wildlife Refuge as a volunteer biologist

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85 Maunaleo Place
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793

Tel: (808) 298-6186        email: stark@maui.net