Michael Felber was born in London in 1946, and received an MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. He was a master printer of etchings for the Ruth Leaf workshop and the Bob Blackburn workshop in New York City, and Garner Tullis’ workshop in Santa Cruz, California. He taught printmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Hartnell College, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. After the printmaking chemicals made him ill, he retrained, and worked as an animator for the Flintstones T.V. show, for the feature film: “The Plague Dogs”, and for animated commercials. Felber then turned to illustration, drawing animals and insects for books, posters, t-shirts, and magazines. Lately, he has been drawing and painting grizzly bears.
He has exhibited in museums and universities in the U.S., Europe and Australia, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Denver Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Northwest Art, the New York State Museum and the South Australian Museum. Felber has received many awards, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the New York State Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the University of Dallas, the Norton Museum, Hartnell College, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Michael is currently working in oil paints and lives in Port Townsend, WA with his wife Karen Hackenberg, who is an artist with a deep concern for animals and our natural environment.