Michael Hambouz (born 1977 in Niles, Michigan) is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Hambouz uses multi-dimensional perspectives, layering, and shadows as tools to translate the collision of real and familiar spaces and objects with those of the unreal as observed in day/night dreams, as well as a means for exploring unexpected interventions experienced with unseen forces. Hints of familiar shapes peek through radiant hues and kinetic forms to elicit a sense of connectivity with the viewer in his rigorous practice of technicolor paintings verging on sculpture, intricately hand-cut paper assemblage, narrative drawings and the constant experimentation with rearticulating compositions in alternate forms and new materials. 

Solo exhibitions include Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), chashama (New York, NY), Kayrock (Brooklyn, NY), The Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph, MI), a 2018 survey exhibition at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH), and 3S Artspace (Portsmouth, NH). He has participated in select group exhibitions at GROWROOM//SHOWROOM (Brooklyn, NY), The National Arts Club (New York, NY), Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York, NY), IPCNY (New York, NY), and Lorimoto Gallery (Ridgewood, NY). Hambouz is an avid supporter of the arts and social justice, contributing work to benefit auctions hosted by Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, Honey Ramka, and Pioneer Works. His art and curatorial work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Vice, Create! Magazine, and Design Milk.


b. 1977, Michigan

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


1999, Antioch College, BA Painting and Sculpture; Minor: Video

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions


Factory Made, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH


Drank the Water, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH


Rock Paper Scissors, Kayrock, Brooklyn, NY

Factory Made, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

Pretty in Pink, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Factory Made, Durst Organization and chashama, Lobby Gallery, 1133 Ave of Americas, NYC


Collaborative Culture (collab with Mike O'Shea), BAM Diker Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Friends and Crushes, Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, NY


Select Group Exhibitions


Mediums II, curated by Michael Hambouz, Lorimoto, Ridgewood, NY

Inland Beach Ball, Northern-Southern, Austin, TX

Quid Bro Quo Vol II, Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

(Cut)3 x (Paste)3: Insa Al-soqi, Michael Hambouz, Amanda Mathis, Lorimoto, Ridgewood, NY

Big Ringer, curated by Andrew Guenther, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

Pulled in Brooklyn, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit art auction, New York, NY

Faces of Death 2019, GROWROOM // SHOWROOM, Brooklyn, NY


Working Space, Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Picnic, curated by Aimee Lusty, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

BAM Art Auction, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit art auction, New York, NY

Brooklyn Arts Council's AccessArt benefit, Brooklyn, NY


The Likes of Us, curated by Maya Hayuk and Alethia Weingarten, Growroom // Showroom, Brooklyn, NY

Hot Off the Presses, The National Arts Club, New York, NY

Control Within Chaos, The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor, N. Ireland

Brooklyn Arts Council's AccessArt benefit, Brooklyn, NY

Vive Art Benefit, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY

Art For Hurricane Relief, Chinatown Soup Gallery, New York, NY

Sanctuary Protest: Benefit for Make the Road NY, Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn, NY

FPOAFM: Plate Party, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Market Art + Design, The Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY

BAM Art Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit art auction, New York, NY

Rowena Reed Kostello Benefit Auction, Knoll Showroom, NYC


Brooklyn Arts Council's 50th Anniversary AccessArt benefit, Brooklyn, NY

BAM Art Auction, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York, NY

Mackin Projects Art Bar, Site 57, New York, NY 

E/AB Fair 2016, Kayrock booth, New York, NY


BAM Art Auction, Cheim & Read, New York, NY

Visual AIDS’ Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY

Just Friends, M. Carter, Brooklyn, NY


Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 

Fanning the Flames, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY

Fountain Art Fair, 69th Regiment Armory, New York, NY 

Brooklyn Arts Council's AccessArt benefit, Brooklyn, NY


Calicornucopia 2, Calico gallery, Brooklyn, NY

RoCoco Social, Coco66, Brooklyn, NY


Arts in Greenpoint, TD Bank, Brooklyn, NY



Antioch College

Fidelity Corporate Art Collection

Edward Mapplethorpe and Michelle Yun

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Niles History Center




Mediums II, Lorimoto, Brooklyn, NY


Mediums, Calico, Brooklyn, NY


Fanning the Flames, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY

2013- current

Faces of Death Collaborative Artist Tribute Project, International


Professional Work in the Arts


Studio Assistant, Maya Hayuk Studio


Freelance Fundraising Consultant for the Arts


Director of Special Events, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


Individual Giving Manager, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY 


Special Events Coordinator, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY


Cascone, Sarah. “Editors’ Picks: 16 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week” Artnet News (Feb 2019)

Cascone, Sarah. "Editors’ Picks: 11 Things to See in New York This Week" Artnet News (Jan 2018)

Eller, Matthew. “Closing Party: “THE LIKES OF US” Curated by Maya Hayuk & Alethia Weingarten” Street Art News (Jan 2018)

Lusty, Aimee. "Picnic #15: Michael Hambouz" PICNIC (Dec 2017)

Popova, Ekaterina. "Multi-Dimensional Perspectives: Interview with Michael Hambouz" Create! Magazine (Nov 2017)

Cascone, Sarah. "Editors’ Picks: 10 Things to See in New York This Week" Artnet News (May 2017)

Wong, Nanette. "Rock, Paper, Scissors: An Evolution in Work by Michael Hambouz" Design Milk (Dec 2016)

Cascone, Sarah. "‘Faces of Death’ Artists Honor Celebrities Lost in 2016: An art project provides a moment of reflection." Artnet News (Dec 2016)

Cascone, Sarah. "Artists Who Died in 2015 Get Immortalized in 'Faces of Death' Art Project" Artnet News (Dec 2015)

Meier, Allison. “Artists Visit a Spiritual Medium and Make Work About It” Hyperallergic (Mar 2015)

Dai, Serena. “Sessions with Psychic Inspire Greenpoint Gallery Show” DNAinfo (Feb 2015)

Maurer, Daniel “Tommy Ramone, Joan Rivers and 80+ Others Come Back For One Last Party” New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery (Dec 2014).

Williamson, Caroline. "Factory Made: Abstract Scenes Made From Hand-Cut Paper" Design Milk, (Oct 2014).

Aszman, Amanda. “Cut Paper Artwork Exhibition to Check Out” HOW magazine, (Oct 2014).

Abelis, Ona “Studio visit & interview with artist Michael Hambouz” Greenpointers, (Oct 2014).

Bagley, Landa. “Raised in Niles, NY artist honors his mother and his roots” South Bend Tribune, (Oct 2014).

Warerkar, Tanay. “Greenpoint Artist’s Work Celebrates Small, Independent Manufacturing” Greenpoint Gazette, (Oct 2014).

Jewell, Nicole. “Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process” Inhabitat NYC, (Sep 2014).

Haupert, Craig. “The French Paper Connection” Niles Daily Star, (Sep 2014).

Gazin, Nick. “Illustrators Pay Tribute to Robin Williams”, Vice, (Aug 2014).