Michael Torquato deNicola is a world traveling and award-winning surfer, artist, and filmmaker.
Mike grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Southern California, he is a life long surfer with much of his inspiration coming from the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more.
Mike started surfing at the age of 12 and was competing with the US team by age 19. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic and creative pursuits, and the business of surf.
Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Mike’s boards tell the story of his relationship with the Oceans from around the globe. If Mike’s surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns and forms.
Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company and creating and producing Red Bull’s ‘5X’ series, seen on FOX, NBC and Fuel TV which feature a new format of competitive surfing. Mike produced and art directed the award-winning documentary ‘The Westsiders’ and produced the feature film ‘Chapter and Verse,’ released in 2017.
Mikes visual works have appeared in galleries, art fairs, film festivals and TV screens around the world over the past 25 years as was the subject of ‘A L.A. Surf Story’ presented at Civic Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles.
In 2020, Mike created ‘A Book of HOPE’ which is based on a repetition of 21-Day meditations during the pandemic. Most recently, his artwork has been exhibited at the Tracy Park Gallery in Malibu and The Swing Street Gallery on Gallery Row in Downtown L.A.