" It is important that icon painters should be good artists, but it is even more important that they should be sincere Christians, living within the spirit of Tradition, preparing themselves for their work by means of Confession and Holy Communion."
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
Michael Kapeluck was born on July 12, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Stephen and Beverly Kapeluck. He is a lifelong communicant of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, PA.
Michael started his art training early in life, being chosen to attend the academic art classes of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh at the age of nine. He studied in this program for six years at which point he graduated to the pre-college course of instruction at Carnegie Mellon University where he spent three years. Upon graduation from high school he decided to continue his studies in art at Carnegie Mellon, where he was accepted in to the College of Fine Arts. After four years of study Michael graduated with high honors and a Bachelors of Fine Art.
After several years of showing in area art galleries, Michael decided give up the world of secular art to devote his life to the study and creation of the sacred art of iconography. He has been blessed to paint for churches and individuals for 37 years and with the help of the Holy Spirit, continues to enjoy the challenge of pushing his skills to greater levels.
He thanks the Lord for such a tremendous blessing to be able to have a sustained career in this sacred art form.
Michael now lives, paints and worships in his home town of Carnegie where he enjoys life with his wife Michele.
· All Saints Orthodox Church, Hartford, CT
· Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Columbus, OH
· Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ottawa
· Holy Dormition Greek Orthodox Church, Oakmont, PA
· Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Monroeville, PA
· Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, Venice, FL
· Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Bridgeport , CT
· Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, Carnegie, PA
· Sts. Cyril & Methodios Byzantine Catholic Church, Girard, PA
· St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Jeanette, PA
· St. George Orthodox Church, New Kensington, PA
· St. John the Baptist Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Church, Ambridge, PA
· St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Dixonville, PA
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, East Pittsburgh
· St. John the Baptizer Ukrainian Catholic Church, LaMesa, CA
· St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lyndora, PA
· St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, Munhall PA
· St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Pittsburgh, PA
· St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Uniontown, PA
· St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church, Monessen, PA
· St. John the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church, Beaver Falls, PA
· St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Trauger, PA
· St Michaels Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, RI
St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Campbell, Oh
· St. Nicholas Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Church, Monongahela, PA
· St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Weirton, WV
· St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Charolettesville, VA
· Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Carnegie, PA
· Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, Homer City, PA
· Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Palos Park, IL
· St. Sophia's Ukrainian Catholic Church, The Colony, TX
· St. Thomas Orthodox Chapel, All Saints Camp, Emlenton, PA
· St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, Waldorf, MD
· St. Vladimir Ukrainian , PACatholic Church, Arnold, PA
· Three Hierarchs Orthodox Chapel, St Sophia Seminary, NJ
· Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, South Bound Brook, NJ
· Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archon Maestor
· Award of Merit from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant, Traditional Folk Arts
· Master Artist and Tradition Bearer Award, from Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area