Michael Dudash was born in 1952 in Mankato, Minnesota. He eventually settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where he began his full-time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, Dudash began a career in classic illustration that has won him a prestigious and national reputation. After illustrating for twenty-five years, he felt the need for a change, and he left his illustration work behind in 2002 to become a full-time painter in the fine art world out West. He began to sell his work through several prestigious Western galleries and eventually earned his place in museum shows and national auctions.
Dudash’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine and Step By Step Graphics. Hundreds of collectors and corporations have his paintings in their permanent collections, as do the Booth Western Art Museum and the Pearce Museum. He was selected by the C.M. Russell Museum to become a member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists in 2014. A true highlight in Dudash’s career was the invitation in October 2016 to become a member of Cowboy Artists of America.
Dudash lives with his wife Valerie and currently works out of his home and studio in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area.