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Check out my New Arrivals below or click on the Shop button to explore my entire collection


The back of each piece is titled, signed, and dated


My name is Michael S. Cortese Jr. but mostly everyone just calls me by my last name so CorteseArt was the easiest name for my brand. I am a self taught artist with interests in color exploration, patterns, mark making and abstract designs. 

I have enjoyed making art ever since I was a little kid. I loved picking up a pencil and just drawing whatever I saw or wanted to draw, the freedom was at my fingertips. My art teacher in elementary school spoke with my mother and me one day and asked if I'd be interested in joining an afterschool art program where we would explore all kinds of art and how to make art and it's been embedded in me ever since.

In high school, my focus was more on architecture and drafting before getting into engineering graphics. I will never forget my AUTO CAD days. I studied engineering at Virginia Tech before realizing it was not my style and turned to the business world. I use my analytical skills to help meet business needs and solve problems. I tap into those same principles when putting a new color or mark on the canvas and reacting to it, changing it, shaping it, layer over layer until I have the finished product.

Music has also played an important part in my life and who doesn't love putting on some good music and just letting go of your day. I hope my artwork brings you that same joy and happiness in your day every time you see it as it did when I was creating them. 

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Currently, my work is being represented in the Art House Gallery for Leaders in Abstraction: Volume I Exhibition. The show is open now and runs until May 31, 2021. "Periscope" and "High Dive" were accepted after meeting their high standards of excellence. Please click on the link below to see the exhibition. 


Commissioned pieces are available upon request. Please contact me for more information by clicking on the link to get in touch with me. Thank you for your interest.



CorteseArt is a self-owned and operated business.  I will work to have your order packaged and shipped in a timely manner once the sale has been verified.


There will be a $20 shipping fee applied to my artwork completed on canvas and a $5 fee for artwork on heavyweight paper for all orders in the United States. 


If you live outside the United States and are interested in purchasing my artwork then please reach out to me, my contact information is below. 


Thank you for shopping at CorteseArt.


At CorteseArt, I believe that my collection speaks for itself. If you have any questions regarding my products, services, art process or materials used - don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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