Michael Hambouz – My Retail Therapist is on Vacation


Flashe, sumi ink and silver pigment on paper
22×30″, 2018






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.