Michela Sorrentino was born in Montreal, Quebec, and grew up in West Vancouver. She studied Fine Art at Capilano University and continued her studies at Les Beaux Arts in Paris. She specialized in textile design at the well-known Parisian fashion college, ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode). Sorrentino worked as a textile designer in France and Italy for many years, overseeing print collections in India and China, before returning to Canada where she started a graphic design company with her husband. In recent years, Sorrentino’s focus is her career in the visual arts and her medium of choice is painting. She also enjoys working in mixed media, printmaking and monotypes. Sorrentino breaks conventional painting rules by combining cold wax, oil, acrylic, graphite, ink, gouache and charcoal. Her playful, repetitive patterns, influenced by her background in graphic and textile design, draw the viewer in, while her thoughtful use of typography and mark making adds depth and patina. Sorrentino resides on a farm on Salt Spring Island, BC with her husband and two teenagers. Her work is held in European, US and Canadian private art collections.