Michael Mogavero received his M.F.A. from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Since that time solo exhibitions have been held at the Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen, (Germany ) 511 Gallery, (New York,) Holly Solomon Gallery, (New York), Ruth Siegal Gallery, (New York), Oscarson Siegeltuch Gallery (New York), Post Gallery, (Los Angeles), Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich, (Germany), Gallery Corrine Hummel, Basel (Switzerland), Bale Creek Allen Gallery, (Ft. Worth) Craighead Green Gallery, (Dallas), Heidi Vaughn Gallery, (Houston), Sarofim Gallery at Southwestern University, (Georgetown), and Co-Lab Projects, (Austin)

Group exhibitions include “200 Years of Drawing” at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and “Back To the USA” (survey exhibition of Contemporary American Art which traveled throughout Europe)

Public Collections include: AT&T, The Prudential Insurance Company, the Walker Art Center, the Till Richter Museum-Bugenhaggen, Germany, Frost Art Museum, (Miami) Minneapolis Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, (N.J.) The Lowe Museum of Art, (Miami) The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Foundation, (New York), Anders Malmberg, (Sweden) Thomas Ammann, (Switzerland) and Price/Waterhouse & Co, (New York)

About The Work

For many years the paintings have utilized influences from diverse stylistic formats such as Classical ornamentation, gestural abstraction, geometric minimalism, as well as figurative representation. The paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Italy, France and Western Europe have provided inspiration for many of these works through the years. Theatrical lighting, and the poetically dramatic narratives in so much of Renaissance Art have been highly inspirational and influential for many decades in the work contained on this site.

I engage to present a symphony of form, light, gesture, and color, woven together to form a psychologically complex space in the paintings, rich with poetic substance. While interpretations of the paintings are as varied as the layering of the materials used to make them, I hope they can be seen as substantive and powerful orchestration’s, often navagating a mystical and mysterious form of musical improvisations.

Selected images, which incorporate ornamental objects & patterns, ironwork, and architectural motifs as well as references to the human figure, roam the surface of the picture plane and are layered over and over. Juxtapositions between these disparate elements are created to form both a sense of harmony and “discord” between, and amongst the images. Structures, objects, and images not usually associated with one another are coaxed and manipulated into co-existing.

I am interested in the rhythms of “looking,” the journey the eye takes as it maneuvers through worlds unknown. A strong desire to invent those dramatic and operatic worlds is the driving force behind the paintings. I continually try to invent surprises by inventing what the picture will ultimately look like. This way, I am allowed to experience the adventure as well.


BORN: Rochester, New York


B.F.A., Buffalo State University, Buffalo, New York

M.F.A, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Solo Exhibitions

2021 “Convergence” Heidi Vaughn Fine Art, Houston Texas

2020 “Promised Land” (collaboration with musician John Doe,) Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Austin, TX

2019 “Cross Roads” Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen, Germany

2014 “Intuitive Persuasions” Co-Lab, N Space Gallery, Austin, TX

2013 “Interludes” (2005-2013) Sarofim Gallery, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

2011 “Four Letter Words” Courtyard Gallery, AT&T Conference Center, Austin, TX

2010 “Interludes” (2006-2009) Pump Project, Austin, TX

2007 “Interludes” 511 Gallery, New York, NY

2005 “Works on Paper, 1994-2004, Galeria Commune di Forio, Ischia, Naples, Italy

2003 “Four Letter Words” Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000 “Four-Letter Words” Collett Art Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

“Four-Letter Words” Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1998 Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

1997 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1995 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1993 Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

1989 “Illuminations,” Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, NY

1988 Carol Getz Gallery, Miami, FL

1987 Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1985 Galerie Corinne Hummel, Basel, Switzerland

1983 Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich, Germany

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1982 Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1980 C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

1978 B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore, MD

1977 B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Group Exibitions

2006“Drawing Now” 511 Gallery, New York, NY

2005 “Deep in the Heart” 511 Gallery, New York,NY

2003“Austin Powers” William Towers Gallery, Houston, TX

2002 “ Dumbo and Beyond” Invitational group exhibition, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX

2001 “Neo Roccoco” UTSA Gallery, University of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

2000(curated by Frances Colpitt, contributing editor, Art in America)

1999 “New Work” Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1998 “Overlays,” Martin–Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“Paper Works,” Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

“New Works,” Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

1996 “Summer ‘96,” Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

“Gallery Artists,” Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

“New Work,” Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

“With Respect to Painting,” 1203 ArtSpace, San Antonio, TX

“International Works on Paper,” Valerie Miller Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

1995 Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX

“New Works on Paper,” Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

1994 Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, “The Light Fantastic,” Austin, TX

1992 Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX

1992 “Illumination,” Phizer Inc., curated by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1990 “Reevaluating the Figure,” MTV, New York, NY

1988 “Monotypes,” Sragow Gallery, New York, NY

“Selections,” Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1987 “Third Coast Review,” Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, CO

“New Works,” Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX

“Texas,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

“Flower Show,” D.W. Gallery, Dallas, TX

1986“Monotypes, 1912 -1988,” Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

“Inaugural Exhibition,” Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1985 “Art Cocktail,” Galerie Corinne Hummel, Basel, Switzerland

1984 Patrick Gallery, Austin, TX

“New Talent,” Eaton-Shoen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Urban Confrontations,” William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ

“Painting & Sculpture Today,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

“Group Exhibition,” Karl Borenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983 “Made in America: 200 Years of Drawing,” Minneapolis Institute of Art,

Minneapolis, MN

“Back to the USA” (Traveling exhibition through 1984) Kunstmuseum, Lucerne;

Rheinsche Landesmuseum, Bonn; Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany

1982 “36 18 6 1,” Sarah Lawrence College Gallery, Bronxville, NY

“Group Exhibition,” Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1982 “New Directions: Contemporary American Art from the Commodities

Corporation,” (traveling exhibition through March, 1983) Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI; Madison Art Center, WI Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL

1981 “Drie Schilders uit New York,” American Graffiti Gallery, Amsterdam.

“3/7/3,” White Columns, New York.

1979“Maryland Artists – A New Look,” Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Md.

1977“Grace Hartigan and Friends,” Mechanic Gallery, Baltimore, MD

1976“Maryland Biennial,” Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1974. Invitational Group Show, Edinburgh Festival, Richard Demarco Gallery,

Edinburgh, Scotland

1973. Group Print Exhibition, American Center, Kyoto, Japan


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Public Collections

AT & T –Chicago, IL

Prudential Insurance Co. –Princeton, NJ

Thomas Ammann –Zurich, Switzerland

Till Richter Museum –Buggenhagen, Germany

Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

Minneapolis Museum of Art –Minneapolis, MN

Princeton University Art Museum –Princeton, NJ

Estate of Holly Solomon –New York, NY

The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Foundation –New York, NY

Anders Malmberg –Sweden

Price / Waterhouse & Co –New York, NY

Lowe Art Museum –University of Miami, FL

Rochester Memorial Museum –Rochester, NY

Commodities Corporation –Princeton, NJ

Artco International –Geneva, Switzerland

Origrapitica, Lamma –Sweden

Houston Industries Inc. –Houston, TX

Belo Corporation –Dallas, TX

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