Michael Hambouz (born 1977 in Niles, Michigan) is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Hambouz has had solo and two-person exhibitions in New York City with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), chashama/The Durst Organization, Calico Gallery, Kayrock, The Krasl Art Center in Michigan, and a 2018 survey exhibition at his alma mater Antioch College. He has participated in select group exhibitions at GROWROOM // SHOWROOM, The National Arts Club, Booklyn, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society and is an avid supporter of the arts and social justice, donating work to benefit auctions hosted by Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, and Pioneer Works. His art and curatorial work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, NPR, Vice, Create! Magazine, and Design Milk.

Hambouz uses multi-dimensional perspectives, layering, and shadows as tools to capture profound and complicated life experiences, and the process of making to heal and grow from said experiences. 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 energy and spirits through experimental method-studies; and capturing overwhelming environments through an empathic lens. His ever-evolving process involves a constant curiosity with using new/multiple mediums and techniques, the implementation of sequential steps and rules, and the desire to dive into unfamiliar territories filled with technical problems to be solved.


b. 1977, Michigan

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


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



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, (mock-exhibition) CBS’s The Good Wife, 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




Working Space, Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY

BAM Art Auction, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

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

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


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

Brooklyn Arts Council's AccessArt benefit, 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

Vive Art Benefit, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

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

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

RRK Awards Benefit for Pratt I.D. Student Scholarships, 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 

Calicornucopia 4, Calico Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Brooklyn Arts 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



Fidelity Corporate Art Collection

Karen Brooks Hopkins 

Marjorie and James Kuhn

Edward Mapplethorpe & Michelle Yun

Niles History Center

Ruth Lande Shuman 




Mediums, Calico, Brooklyn, NY


Fanning the Flames, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY

2013- current

Faces of Death Collaborative Artist Tribute Project, International




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: 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).