Advertising Hall-of-Famer and Artist Mike Tesch

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Miami's Wynwood Art District presents the award-winning, generation-defining Tesch. The 70-year-old's art collection can be seen at the Kelley Roy Gallery, summer 2009. Over the years the prolific Tesch has won over 500 awards, and was named a member of AdWeek's All- American Creative Team, an annual compilation of the most influential people in the advertising business. His work is in the Smithsonian Institute and he was voted one of America's most outstanding creative people in a nationwide poll conducted by AdDay.

Mike Tesch, http://www.teschart.com, created campaigns which captured the hearts and minds of Generation X, while forever changing the landscape of advertising. His classics include the Federal Express Ad campaign, of which the "Fast Paced World" commercial featuring a motor mouth executive was recently voted best commercial in the last 40 years by New York Magazine, Dunkin' Donuts "Time to Make the Donuts", Tonka Toys "Elephant" and many more. At 70, the intense, wise and visual Tesch has returned to his first love, art.

With a portfolio that boasts 14 distinct collections, from drawings to pottery to collages, Tesch's prolific second career is just as impressive as his first. His fearless style and simplistic approach combine to make absolutely unique artistic statements that are humorous and colorful. Whether he's poking fun of the human condition through his Painted Quote Series -- "Secret: What we Tell Everybody to Tell Nobody", or stringing words together for his Rhyme Art Collection -- "worthwhile, smile, juvenile, crocodile", Tesch's style is unconventional. His wordsmithing skills can be put to the test by commissioning the artist to create a customized Rhyme Art piece with any word of your choice.

Tesch left the concrete jungle of New York City for sunny South Florida. He would exchange fast-paced for laid back, Armani suits for flip-flops, high-paying for passion, advertising for art. What he found in Miami was an art culture so hip and hot, he quickly became absorbed in it. Galleries in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Wynwood have shown his work. He sold his first piece entitled "Winner by a Nose" in 2004. The comic painting is reminiscent of a cartoon featuring a man with a pronounced schnoz. Since then, Tesch has sold a dozen pieces and shows no signs of slowing down. "It's my encore, an epilogue to decades in advertising."

Don't miss your opportunity to see Tesch's art live this summer at the Kelley Roy Gallery, http://www.kelleyroygallery.com.

About Mike Tesch
Mike Tesch attended Cooper Union Art School, School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute where he obtained his BFA. Tesch started his career as a graphic designer but soon moved into advertising after being hired by Chermayeff & Geismar Associates. Tesch has won over 500 awards and has been named a member of AdWeek's All- American Creative Team, an annual compilation of the most influential people in the advertising business. His work is in the Smithsonian Institute and he was voted one of America's most outstanding creative people in a nationwide poll conducted by AdDay. He was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and One Club Hall of Fame. He is happily married and lives in South Miami with his two muses, Dillon his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Billie his wife.

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