Michael DeSiano holds a Ph.D. in creative arts from New York University, as well as a degree in mechanical engineering. However, his zeal for art led to a life of art making and more than forty years of teaching art at all levels: preschool, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate. He has taught at such notable institutions as Pratt Institute, New York University, and Queens College. His teaching includes a broad range of subjects: painting, sculpture, two- and three-dimensional design, art history, the creative process, and visual thinking.
An advocate for the visual arts, Michael presents workshops and lectures throughout the United States for teachers, artists, and art educators at national, state, and local agencies, including the National Art Education Association. In addition, he works with both gifted and mainstream classroom teachers to instill art into their teaching in a way that motivates and educates students. A dedicated teacher, he served as chair of the Fine Arts Department at Kean University in New Jersey. He also served as president of the University Council for Art Education for three terms, and he was Exhibition Committee Chair for more than a decade. As president, he organized annual conferences held at MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, and the New Museum.
During his time as a university professor, Michael authored a book on the principles and elements of art and design, which is widely used today. His writing has also been published in journals. He is the author of the iBook Elements and Principles of Art and Design.
As a working artist, Michael concentrates on natural and cultivated flora through digital photography, mixed media, and painting. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City and across the United States.