Born in 1957, James Michael Nemnich presently resides in Indialantic, Florida and has so since 1963. Being a longtime Floridian, his local environment has heavily influenced his unique artistic style.
Evolving from his close proximity to the ocean, Mike’s work reflects his many travels throughout the world. Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, and Europe are a few of the destinations visited.
Mike was a major influence during the pioneering days of commercial surfboard manufacturing (1975-1992), Many of his contemporary design techniques are still in use today and are considered “industry standard”. Having painted over 30,000 surfboards Mike remains one of the most prolific artists within the surf world. He was inducted in 2014 to the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, for his contributions to the sport.
In the 1980s Mike designed textile and placement prints for the sportswear industry. Several major surfwear and textile companies adopted Mike’s graphic and artistic designs to be extensively used in their product lines. One of his hand-painted fabric art designs was featured in the 1988 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.
Mike has exhibited his fine art at outdoor art shows throughout the USA since 1990. He worked in the medium of printmaking from 1990-2018. This body of work consisted of colographs and monoprints. He has been working in oil pastels and mixed media since 2006, developing his own unique original style within these mediums.
Mike continues to travel to many destinations to find inspiration for his fine art. His artwork is in many private and corporate collections. He has received many awards for his work. His pieces have been displayed in the gallery and museum shows. He was invited to exhibit at the Yokohoma International Open-Air Art Fair 2009 and 2011. He has also had a gallery showing at the B-Gallery in Tokyo, Japan in 2010. Today Mike’s artistic endeavors remain dedicated to developing his creative imaginative style.