Mike Kungl Art

Photo of Mike Kungl

After completing art and design school M Kungl applied his graphic design education to achieve a successful career in advertising. Spending nearly two decades creating award winning logos, package design and illustration for companies such as Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson, Toshiba and Nissan Motors, Kungl then focused on fine art full time.

Soon into his new career, Kungl never suspected that success on one coast would lead to recognition on another. Within just two years the California artist was selected to create the official artwork for Miami Beach's 25th annual Art Deco Weekend.

Mike Kungl Painting in the Studio

The Miami honor is just one of many in a succession of developments that highlight Kungl's growing reputation as a recognized collectible artist across the country and around the world. In addition to strong domestic sales of his images, Kungl's works are rising in popularity throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. His work is featured regularly in magazine articles, how to books and television shows.

Kungl currently works in his southern California studio shaping and refining each of his meticulously crafted images. In addition the artist is also creating high quality gift and home decor products under the M. Kungl Studios name.

Kungl's work can often be seen on episodes of The Big Bang Theory in the background as part of the set.

Art on The Big Bang Theory

According to the Orange County Register reports "He started his career in 1985 at a Newport Beach ad agency that sounded like a law firm – Cochran Chase, Livingston & Co., whose clients included Carl’s Jr. and Pirelli tires. He eventually segued into dot-com work, but when its first-wave bubble burst, Kungl crawled out and figured it was time to do something else. “I started doing fine art because I found an A.M. Cassandre poster on Melrose for $20,000, and I couldn’t get anywhere near it. It was an original lithograph that was somehow salvaged from back in the ’40s. I thought, ‘I’ll go home and create my own, really cool vintage poster. I’ll make one print of it and I’ll hang it. That should be sufficient.’ Well, one of my buddies came by and said, ‘Mike, that’s really bitchin’. You should show it to the poster publisher here in Anaheim (Haddad’s Fine Arts). I know the guy really well.’ So I show it to him; he goes, ‘Mike, this is great. Give me five more.’ Bingo.” The work snowballed from there, despite a stinging early rejection from Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts."

Photo credit / Creator:Mark Rightmire, Copyright: Coast Magazine