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Michael Azgour is an artist, curator, and educator whose work addresses the impact of digital imagery on contemporary culture. Working between San Francisco and Krakow, Poland, his paintings combine evocative, expressive representation with geometric abstraction, reflecting upon memory, technology, and the huma… Read More
Michael Azgour is an artist, curator, and educator whose work addresses the impact of digital imagery on contemporary culture. Working between San Francisco and Krakow, Poland, his paintings combine evocative, expressive representation with geometric abstraction, reflecting upon memory, technology, and the human condition. Azgour’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including solo shows at the Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA, the MOS Art Center in Krakow, Poland, and Hohmann Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. His work is part of dozens of collections, including a recent acquisition of three large works by Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He recently spoke about his work at TEDx Krakow. Michael is a part-time faculty member at Stanford University.

“Azgour’s works are expressive and geometric abstractions informed by an involved process that combines a strategic, realistic technique with pattern and repetition and the muse of accidental surprise. His figures seemingly float with one foot firmly planted in the present while the other wafts into the past. Paint becomes pixel, blur or distortion mirroring the disconnected snapshots and video clips that populate our social media profiles. He challenges the viewer’s interpretation by combining unrelated imagery in the same composition. Although the disparate visuals and juxtaposed compositions appear random, they are in fact bits of narrative from the artist’s own life and travels.” –Kimberly Nichols

Michael teaches drawing and painting courses at Stanford University. His teaching experience has included a wide array of subject matter, primarily in fine arts, but also in graphic design, architecture, professional practice, and history of art & design. Read Less
  • Lecturer
    Stanford University, Architectural Design — Stanford, CA, USA
  • Instructor
    Stanford University, Continuing Studies — Stanford, CA, USA
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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

- Slate Contemporary, Blurring the Lines, Oakland, CA (two-person show, 2018) | view exhibition photos
- Hohmann Fine Art, Velocity, Palm Desert, CA (2017) | view exhibition photos | catalog
- Gold Gallery, Boston, MA (two-person show, 2017) | view exhibition photos
- MOS Art Cen… Read More
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

- Slate Contemporary, Blurring the Lines, Oakland, CA (two-person show, 2018) | view exhibition photos
- Hohmann Fine Art, Velocity, Palm Desert, CA (2017) | view exhibition photos | catalog
- Gold Gallery, Boston, MA (two-person show, 2017) | view exhibition photos
- MOS Art Center, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Pauza in Garden Gallery, Krakow, Poland (2016) | view exhibition photos
- Hohmann Fine Art, Modern Artefact, Palm Desert, CA (2015) | view exhibition photos | catalog
- Blue Contemporary, Racers, Cambridge, England (2014) | view exhibition photos
- Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA (two-person show, 2013) | view exhibition photos
- Hohmann Fine Art, Reoccurring Patterns, Palm Desert, CA (2012) | view exhibition photos | catalog
- Art Museum of Los Gatos (now New Museum of Los Gatos), Metamorphosis, Los Gatos, CA (2011) | view exhibition photos
- William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (2009)
- Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Moments of Impermanence, San Francisco, CA (2009)
- William Merrill Gallery, Awakening, Laguna Beach, CA (2008)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2017
New Museum of Los Gatos, Abstracts from Life: Bay Area Figurative Past & Present, Exhibiting with Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, and Terry St. John, Los Gatos, CA | view exhibition photos
Art Palm Springs, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (numerous, 2010-17)
Slate Contemporary, Oakland, CA
GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2016
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
Bluestone Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA (numerous, 2014-16)

2015
Art Silicon Valley Art Fair, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, San Francisco, CA | view exhibition photos
Art Palm Springs, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA | view exhibition photos
J GO Gallery, Park City, UT (numerous, 2011-15)

2014
Highline Loft Gallery, Juried Show: International Art Festival, Chelsea, New York City, NY
Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Juried Show: Ride to Cambridge, Curated by Cambridge International Arts, Represented by Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, England
Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, England
Than Mór Art Museum, Malom Gallery, Nyíracsád, Hungary
Art Palm Springs, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA

2013
Linus Gallery, Juried Show: Men, Pasadena, CA
Cambridge City Art Fair, Represented by Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, England
Divan Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2012
Masur Museum of Art, Juried Show: 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded 3rd Place, Monroe, LA
Los Angeles Art Show, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA | view exhibition photos
John Natsoulas Gallery, Juried Show: Lyrical Vision Beat Generation & Beyond, Davis, CA, exhibiting with Dennis Hare, Jennifer Pochinski, and Elmer Bischoff | view exhibition photos
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (numerous, 2008-12)
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (numerous, 2010-12)
Art Market San Francisco, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, San Francisco, CA | view exhibition photos

2011
Prince Street Gallery, Juried Show: Fourth National Juried Exhibition, New York City, NY
Art Market San Francisco, Represented by K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Artist Council Fundraiser, Palm Springs, CA
K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2010
Farmington Museum, Juried Show: Gateway to Imagination: National Competition, Farmington, NM

2009
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
B.J. Spoke Gallery, Juried Show: Expo 27, Juror: Marjorie Weinstein (Whitney Museum), Huntington, NY

2007
Artwork SF Gallery, Juried Show: Mixed Messages, Awarded ‘Best in Show’, San Francisco, CA
Dario Gallery, Palm Beach Community College, Juried Show: Third Annual Painting, Drawing & Printmaking Competition, Lake Worth, FL
111 Minna Gallery, Juried Show: Nondescript, San Francisco, CA

2006
A.G. Gallery, Krakow, Poland
Signatura Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2005
Long Beach Arts, Juried Show: Works on Paper, Juror: Ruth Weisberg (Dean of Fine Arts, USC), Long Beach, CA


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

HOHMANN FINE ART, Palm Desert, CA
GF CONTEMPORARY, Santa Fe, NM
SLATE CONTEMPORARY, Oakland, CA
GOLD GALLERY, Boston, MA


DISTINCTIONS

Arts Catalyst Grant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2018)
Third Place, Masur Museum of Art, 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, Monroe, LA (2012)
Best in Show, Artwork SF Gallery, Mixed Messages, San Francisco, CA (2007)


PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Stanford, CA | view project
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA (in progress)
Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, CA


BIBLIOGRAPHY

East Bay Express, “Blurring the Lines”, February Edition, Oakland, CA (2018)
Fresh Paint Magazine, “Michael Azgour”, June Edition, London, England (2016)
Residence Magazine, “Into the Blue”, London, England (2014)
Cambridge Magazine, Arts & Culture, Feb, Cambridge, England (2014)
Studio Visit Magazine, “Michael Azgour”, vol. 21, p12-13, Boston, MA (2013)
San Francisco Weekly, The Art of the Best of San Francisco, vol. 29, no 17, p22, San Francisco, CA (2010)
San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 8, pR-35, San Francisco, CA (2009)
ARTnews Magazine, Summer, p219, New York, NY (2007)
Hohmann Fine Art, Exhibition Catalogs, Palm Desert, CA (2012, 15, 17) | view 2012 catalog | view 2015 catalog | view 2017 catalog
Stanford University Continuing Studies Catalogs, Stanford, CA (2011, 14)


EDUCATION

Stanford University, Continuing Studies, Stanford, CA (Art & Art History courses, 2010-12)
MFA, Studio Art, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (2005)
BA, Psychology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (Minor in Chemistry, 2000)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Psychology courses, 2001)


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA
Lecturer: Architectural Design (2010-Present)
Lecturer: Continuing Studies (2010-Present)
Assistant Lecturer: Symbolic Systems (2010-12)

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
Directed Studies Advisor: Graduate School of Fine Arts (2007-10)
Review Committee Member: Graduate School of Fine Arts (2007-10)

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
Lecturer: Public Education (2013-15)

COLLEGE OF MARIN
Lecturer: Continuing Education (2008-14)


PRESENTATIONS

Speaker, College Art Association (CAA) 106th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (2018)
Speaker, TEDx Krakow, Capturing Change: How Unfinished Artworks Invite Active Viewers, Mangha Art Museum, Krakow, Poland (2017)
Speaker, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland (2017)
Speaker, Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert (2017)
Speaker, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK (2012)


EXHIBITIONS JURIED & CURATED

Juror, College Art Association (CAA), Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work, three-year appointment, New York, NY (2017-20)
Juror, Pacific Art League, Abstraction, Palo Alto, CA
Juror, Marin Society of Artists, National Show, San Rafael, CA (2016)
Juror, Fairbanks Arts Association, 27th Annual 64th Parallel Art Exhibition, Fairbanks, AK (2012)
Juror, Las Positas College, 31st Annual Spring Art Festival, Livermore, CA (2009)
Curator and Producer, University of California at San Diego, New Moon Exhibition, La Jolla, CA (2009) Read Less
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