New York based artist Michael Hambouz was born in Niles, MI in 1977, and received a BA in Fine Art from Antioch College in 1999.
Hambouz uses multi-dimensional perspectives, layering, and shadows as tools to capture profound experiences and complex information. Hints of familiar shapes peek through radiant hues and kinetic forms to elicit a sense of connectivity when documenting: dreamt narratives involving known and unknown acquaintances and interiors; channeling the energy and spirit of loved ones through experimental method-studies; and capturing overwhelming environments through an empathic lens. His ever-evolving process involves a constant curiosity with multiple mediums and techniques, the implementation of sequential steps and rules, and the desire to dive into unfamiliar territories filled with problems to be solved.
Hambouz has had solo exhibitions with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Chashama, NYC, The Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, Kayrock, Brooklyn, and a post-undergrad retrospective at Antioch College slated for Summer 2018. He has participated in select group exhibitions and benefit auctions at Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, Honey Ramka, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society. His work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Vice, and Design Milk. Outside of this context, the artist never speaks in the third-person.
TITLE TK, 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, Grumpy’s / CBS’s The Good Wife, Brooklyn, NY
Factory Made, presented by the Durst Organization and chashama, Lobby Gallery, 1133 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY
Collaborative Culture (collab with Mike O'Shea), BAM Diker Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Friends and Crushes, Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, NY
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
FPOAFM: Plate Party, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Vive Art Benefit, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY
Control Within Chaos, The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor, Northern Ireland
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
RRK Awards Benefit for Pratt Industrial Design Student Scholarships, Knoll Showroom, NYC
Brooklyn Art's 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
Calicornucopia 4, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Art's Council's AccessArt benefit, Brooklyn, NY
Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Calicornucopia 3, Calico gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fountain Art Fair, 69th Regiment Armory, New York, NY
Calicornucopia 2, Calico gallery, Brooklyn, NY
RoCoco Social, Coco66, Brooklyn, NY
Calicornucopia, Calico gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Arts in Greenpoint, TD Bank, Brooklyn, NY
Peripheral Vision, Steuben South Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Last Show of the Millennium, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Sam & Purva Cullman
Fidelity Corporate Art Collection
Todd M. & Kathryn C. Galitz
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Marjorie and James Kuhn
Edward Mapplethorpe & Michelle Yun
Niles History Center
Ruth Lande Shuman
Aaron Silverstein & Jo Ann Jones
Leslie Siu & Kevin Vlack
Donald R. & Caroline Young
Mediums, Calico, Brooklyn, NY
Fanning the Flames, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
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
1999, Antioch College, BA Painting and Sculpture; Minor: Video
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).