Michael Godard, known as the "Rockstar of the Art World", was born in Southern California.
A precocious child with a multitude of talents, Godard had a dark home life filled
with hidden abuse. He excelled in math, music and art despite the fact he attended
sixteen different schools because his family moved around so much. Humor was always
his defense and his weapon. As a young man he attended the Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena and studied fine art at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
The decision to become a full-time painter came later in his life, after stints as
a mechanical engineer, commercial illustrator, caricature artist and successful entrepreneur. Nothing
came easy for Godard; he fought his way into an art career, inventing his own one-of-a-kind
style. His paintings are thought provoking and full of enigmatic illusion. They show
pain, love, conflict, and success; making people smile, laugh, reminisce. His world
of art invites us to see his lighthearted perspective, surrounding us with animated
olives, grapes, and dancing strawberries. His unique portrayal of fun is an exciting
combination of imagination and subtle humor, evoking the creative side in "Olive"
us. Godard has redefined art as we know it and, of course, given it a punch line! Olives
entered the picture when Godard was struggling through his daughter Paige's illness,
spending long hours in the hospital when she was in a coma. Desperate for some cheerful
element to keep him afloat emotionally, he started a new series of paintings; bringing
olives to life in humorous scenarios, rendering them in bright colors against a dramatic
black background. Godard's work is highly collected by young and old, from all walks
of life including movie stars, rock stars and private collectors. He has appeared
on numerous news programs and television shows which include A&E's Criss Angel's
Mind Freak, the Biography Channel, CTV, MTV, HBO and featured on covers of magazines
across the nation. A documentary on Godard's life has won numerous awards. His Book,
"Don't Drink and Draw", the art and life of Michael Godard, received numerous awards
including "Art Book of the Year". Godard works very closely with St Jude's, Make a
Wish, Nevada Cancer Institute and The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation; "You're
not only buying something that is a work of art, but that money is going to save
somebody's life" Sharon Osbourne. Michael Godard has dedicated himself to philanthropic
causes through his art. "The funds I help raise save lives it's the most important
thing I do," declares Godard. In 2006, his 16 year old daughter lost her battle with
brain cancer. "All the money in the world cannot bring her back, but the funds I
help raise for a cure will help save another child," said Godard.