About Michael Zieve


"I have had the great pleasure to recommend Michael to my clients as an interior designer and specifier on projects. He has never disappointed with his incredible talent and superlative ability to interpret the vision of the project. He has created a wall mural for one little girl's room that absolutely delighted the child and her mother. He has also done the faux artistry for a Catholic Church that transformed ordinary walls and pillars into grand spaces of worship. We have also worked on a holistic center with his application of the American clay for the treatment rooms to enhance healing and wellness. He continued to apply these finishes to bedrooms and bathrooms to enhance the environment for private homes. Michael is an excellent member to have on the design team of anyone's project!"

-- Marta Gerometta, ASID, February 21, 2012

"Because I live with chemical sensitivities, I was hesitant to paint or cover my walls at all. Michael was extraordinarily helpful and artistic in how he created a healing environment in my home.

He transformed my bathroom walls and ceiling, covering it with a sky-like appearance in non-toxic American Clay. The change is dramatic and beautiful.

My bedroom is now a healing sanctuary. I have had no adverse reaction at all to the wall coverings!

Michael is an accomplished artist. He applies his intuition, expertise and a lifetime of experience to work with each client individually. He was careful to understand my particular health concerns, and conscientiously listened to my preferences about what materials would be used.

The walls of my home now sing with the care, kindness and healing of the earth and of a gifted artist."

-- Shira Lee, M.A. Northern CA, May, 2012

Recent Press:

2008 "It's all up there on the wall," South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN, September 2008. Page 1 (PDF), Page 2 (PDF).
2008 "Blue Walls; Green Living," The News-Dispatch, Michigan City, IN, April 2008.
2007 Dream Homes Magazine, summer 2007 (PDF).
Courtesy Dream Homes Magazine, a product of NICHE Publications, a division of Daily Herald.
Requires Adobe Reader.


1977 BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1972-75 Rhode Island School of Design

Work Experience:

1984-89 Chicago Architectural Arts Studios
1989-present Zieve Studios

Selected Commissions:

2008 Landscape Painting for lobby,
225 West Wacker Building, Chicago, IL.
2007 Floral Suite - three panels for lobby,
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.
2006 Triptych Painting for lobby,
Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL.
2006 Prairie Suite - four paintings for waiting area,
Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.
2004 Mural for Lobby,
Washington and Jane Smith Home, Chicago, IL.
2003 Paintings for Lobby,
Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, IL.
2001 Mural,
Alegria Inn, Mendocino, CA.
1999 Decorative Wall Treatments,
Wolf Music and Antiques, Laporte, IN.
1998 Historical Murals,
U.S. Post Office, Rolling Prairie, IN.
1993 Mural and Wall Treatments,
Tesoro, Union Pier, MI.
1993 Murals,
Riviera Gardens, Union Pier, MI.
1993 Murals,
A.S.I.D. Showhouse, Crown Mansion, Evanston, IL.
1993 Historical Stencils for Renovation,
Holy Family Church, Chicago, IL.
1992 Trompe l'oeil Decoration,
Drake Towers, Chicago, IL.
Michael Zieve
Michael Zieve
River Rocks, commissioned artwork.
River Rocks,
commissioned artwork.
Historical Mural, U.S. Post Office Rolling Prairie, IN.
Historical Mural, U.S. Post Office,
Rolling Prairie, IN.
Residential wall finish image
Colorwash, private residence,
Highland Park, IL.
Residential mural image
French Country Bath Mural,
Deerfield, IL.
site by tremolo photo