Michael “Monstrinho” Amorillo is a contemporary multi-media artist well-known for large scale open-air murals, abstract acrylic paintings, original character illustrations and vivd watercolors. Infused with personality and energy, Michael’s themed installations and character-inspired artworks celebrate positivity, diversity and creativity. The loveable characters, vibrant colors and whimsical themes engage and inspire his audience of children, families and the young at heart.
Michael Amorillo the Artist
Born in Queens, New York in 1976 and raised on Long Island, his love for comic books and cartoons was the root from which his creativity began to sprout. During childhood, Monstrinho began creating his own characters and storylines. After laying his eyes on graffiti art, he gradually began using it as a means for storytelling. His works encapsulate the feeling of complete freedom. Each piece is fantasy-driven and explodes with color, creating its own little world free from the rules and limitations of everyday life. Each painting consists of characters that Monstrinho creates from his emotional experiences, personal encounters or elements of nature. They illustrate the boundlessness of the creative mind.
As a licensed Physical Therapist, Michael recognizes the impact of positive intention, individualized attention and a caring comfortable environment on the healing process. His understanding of health and wellness practices along with considerable experience in healthcare systems has made Michael a significant contributor to the mission of the Miami Art Project. He is a strong advocate and truly believes in the power of art, creativity and imagination to inspire healing through hope and happiness.
Michael Amorillo the Volunteer
Michael regularly visits several South Florida foundations to share the joy of art and creativity with some very special local children. Participating organizations include the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital and the Early Intervention Preschool at Ann Storck Center.
With each visit, he delivers specialized gifts that have included custom t-shirts, coloring books and unique artwork. He typically exhibits new original artwork and tells the stories of each character while describing the creative process and sharing his personal inspiration. Michael also engages the children in various creative activities throughout the day including interactive painting demonstrations and personalized drawings.
Michael Amorillo the Advocate
As an advocate of the arts in healthcare, Michael created a limited edition offset lithograph of “Oi, Hola, Hello” to raise money to support the art education program at the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center.
The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center manages a specialized camp for eight weeks every summer. “Camp DMC” specializes in the care of children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental and psychological conditions. The objective of Camp DMC is to provide a fun-filled, educational and therapeutic curriculum while enhancing each child’s academic skills, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills. The Educational curriculum includes reading, math, science, art, physical education, and social skills training.
Proceeds from the sale of “Oi, Hola, Hello” will fund the purchase of paint brushes, paints, canvases, pencils, crayons and other art supplies needed for “Camp DMC” 2013.
The limited edition “Oi, Hola, Hello” is a reproduction of the original painting of the same title created with acrylic and spray-paints on canvas measuring 20 inches by 20 inches, produced in late 2012 and donated to the Michael Fux Family Center at the Miami Children’s Hospital.
The Miami Art Project presents “Oi, Hola, Hello” available as a limited edition offset lithograph; a 150 piece edition measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches numbered 1/150 through 150/150. Each print is uniquely numbered, titled and hand signed by the artist.