Michael Lassel was born on December 19th, 1948 in Ludwigsdorf / Transylvania. He first went to school in Sächsisch-Reen, then he attended the arts high school in Neumarkt / Târgu Mures, and finally from 1968 to 1972 he studied at the art academy in Bucharest. In 1986 he emigrated to Germany with his family. Michael Lassel turned emphatically to the trompe-l’oeil from 1989, when he joined the French artist group “Trompe-l’oeil / Réalité” (or “Trompe-l’oeil de chevalet”) and took part in their exhibitions . He has received numerous prizes for his work, beginning with the “Médaille d´Or et le Grand Prix Robert Vrinat” from Metz in 1990 and the 1st prize of the European Art Academy in Luxembourg in 1991. He exhibited his works in museums and galleries around the world In addition to the British Museum in London, galleries in Paris, New York and Singapore deserve special mention. Lassel is one of the not exactly rare artists who have opted for a restricted group of motifs. They are products of civilization that are not presented in an isolated sequence, but rather arranged into an artificial whole as a dense collection of things that inevitably attracts the observer’s questioning gaze. The spatial arrangement of the central object pyramid, which emphatically emphasizes the vertical image format, follows classic models. The types of objects used also correspond to the books, wind instruments, coins and bills known from Dutch still life art of the 17th century. Images. Busts. Drinking vessels, clocks and more, except that Lassel bought his models at the flea markets of our day.
Michael Lassel – Icons for the third millennium by Johann Adam Stupp