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Michael Madzo

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Difficult to describe, Michael Madzo’s artwork speaks for itself in luminous hues and vivid, oftentimes whimsical subjects. His trademark technique of sewing bits of his paintings together attracts attention both for its symbolism and for the rich texture it adds to the works. Madzo’s artwork is a synthesis of both traditional and textile art.

One of the most striking details of Madzo’s work is a specific type of eye. We see and experience with our physical eye, and then there is a spiritual eye. In Madzo’s work it is the spiritual eye. Madzo states, “This is an eye that is always looking back. I see the figures in my paintings as someone at the end of a fantastic journey.”

Mazdo’s figures speak chapters to anyone willing to spend time contemplating them. And where does Madzo go within himself and what are his thoughts when he encounters the body of his work, surrounding him in his studio? “It’s the mystery”, says Madzo, “It’s looking for liquid moments in this otherwise solid and stiff world. It’s a function of the artist. We learn how to go to the formless plain. I put the invisible and the indescribable into a form. It is a translation device – a facilitator. It is a collecting of moments.”

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Leiper’s Creek Gallery, Franklin, TN

Hunter-Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2012

Hunter-Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2011

Hunter-Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2006

Hunter-Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2004

Hunter-Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2002

Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000

Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2012

Leiper’s Creek Gallery, Franklin, TN

2011

Leiper’s Creek Gallery, Franklin, TN

2010

North Dakota’s Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2008

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Lurie Fine Art, Carmel, IN

2007

Volakis Gallery, Yountville, CA

2006

William D. Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA