POP ARTIST, PAINTER & ILLUSTRATOR
Michelle Dante is the Los Angeles based artist behind the Avant Dante brand. Her work is rooted in a love of pop culture nostalgia, and a passion for women’s empowerment. She began creating fan art and unique gifts for her friends and eventually those ideas blossomed into her successful Etsy shop in 2013.
Her work has been featured by outlets such as The Huffington Post, ZO Magazine, and Voyage LA, and her art can be found locally at Mindfulnest and Ten Women Gallery.
Her most ambitious project to date launches alongside the 2019 Summer God's concert tour in the form of specially commissioned animated artwork for rock band Third Eye Blind.
Upcycling materials and environmental sustainability is an important part of her process as an artist. The portraits she paints and digitally illustrates are printed and painted on retired library book pages no longer in circulation. Each piece uses individually sourced texts from the original script or literary work attributed to the pop culture icon’s genesis. Canvas paintings currently hanging in the gallery are one-of-a-kind originals. Each digitally printed work of art is on a unique, numbered, recovered book page and cannot be reproduced.
Visit the Avant Dante Etsy shop for more art works and products available.