Mike Ritch lives and works in San Francisco. He was classically trained at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and earned his degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. After beginning as an cartoonist and illustrator, he quickly transitioned into painting and teaching art, and eventually began painting murals because they can be enjoyed by everyone.
His work explores themes around man’s relationship to the natural world. He employs a wide range of media in his paintings working primarily in oil paint, spray paint, and watercolor.
Mike’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his paintings are held in numerous private collections. His public art projects can be seen throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. When he’s not working in the studio, he enjoys hiking and traveling to find new inspiration for his work.
What kind of public art project do I want to work on?
I have worked on numerous public and private art commissions. My murals can be found on commercial buildings, private residences, parking lots and alleys throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Last year, my Ocean Avenue mural project received the Public Art Award from SF Beautiful and I currently have a life sized painted sea lion statue at the entrance to the Aquarium of the Bay. I’m currently partnering with the SF Parks Alliance and the City of San Francisco to create a ground mural of a Giant Pacific Octopus for a new community parklet.