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Splitting his time between California and Poland, Michael Azgour is known for mesmerizing abstract figurative paintings that reflect upon fleeting moments within the human condition. His works are expressive and geometric abstractions informed by an involved process that combines a strategic, realistic technique w… Read More
Splitting his time between California and Poland, Michael Azgour is known for mesmerizing abstract figurative paintings that reflect upon fleeting moments within the human condition. His 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 that comes as a result of consistent mark making. This causes his figures to seemingly float with one foot firmly planted in the present while the other wafts into the past.

Recently, Azgour has been drawn to explore the ubiquity of photography in contemporary culture and the changing role this has played on the individual experience. This work speaks about how we interact with images today by referencing features found in the disconnected snapshots and video clips that surround our lives. Paint becomes pixel, blur or distortion mirroring the digitally manipulated portraits and albums that populate our social media profiles. Although the disparate visuals and juxtaposed compositions appear random, they are in fact bits of narrative from the artist’s own life and travels. Building on the assumption that a photograph is a suitable representation of a memory, he combines unrelated pictures together in the same composition, challenging the viewer’s interpretation. Through psychological mood and fragmented depictions he asks us What is Real?

Michael’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe and are part of dozens of collections. He returns to the San Francisco Bay Area yearly to teach visual art and design courses at Stanford University's Architecture and Continuing Studies programs and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions // Selected
2015 Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2014 Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, UK
2013 Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2012 Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (catalogue)
2011 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
2009 William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
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Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions // Selected
2015 Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2014 Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, UK
2013 Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2012 Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (catalogue)
2011 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
2009 William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Group Exhibitions // Selected
2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA (2013, 14, 15)
Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (numerous, 2010-15)
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, UK
Than Mór Art Museum, Malom Gallery, Nyíracsád, Hungary
The Grafton Centre, Changing Spaces, Represented by Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, UK
2013 Linus Gallery, Juried Show: Men, Pasadena, CA
Cambridge City Art Fair, Represented by Blue Contemporary, Cambridge, UK
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
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Juried Show: Lyrical Vision: The Figure, Davis, CA
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (numerous, 2008-12)
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (numerous, 2010-12)
San Francisco Fine Art Fair (now artMRKT), Represented by Hohmann Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Prince Street Gallery, Juried Show: Fourth National Juried Exhibition, New York City, NY
San Francisco Fine Art Fair (now artMRKT), 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: Natl. Juried Competition, Farmington, NM
Pacific Art League, Juried Show: Painting Only, Juror: Charles Hespe (Hespe Gallery), Palo Alto, CA
2009 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Union Square, Hearts in San Francisco Exhibition & Gala Event, San Francisco, CA
2008 B.J. Spoke Gallery, Juried Show: Expo 27, Juror: Marjorie Weinstein (Whitney Museum), Huntington, NY
20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
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 Association, Juried Show: Works on Paper, Juror: Ruth Weisberg (Dean Fine Arts, USC), Long Beach, CA

Galleries + Representation // Selected
HOHMANN FINE ART, Palm Desert, CA
BLUE CONTEMPORARY, Cambridge, UK
J GO GALLERY, Park City, UT
BLUESTONE ART GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA

Public Art Projects // Selected
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (to be installed in 2016)
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA (in concept phase)
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Hearts in San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, six-month public art installation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2009)

Collections // Selected

Than Mór Art Museum, Nyíracsád, Hungary
Lyon’s Gate Entertainment Corp., Los Angeles, CA
Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Aviation Capital Group, Newport Beach, CA


Publications // Selected
Hohmann Fine Art, Michael Azgour (two exhibition catalogues with articles & reproductions), 2012, 15
Residence Magazine, “Into the Blue” (reproduction), UK, spring/summer 2014
Stanford University Continuing Studies catalogues (article & twenty reproductions), summer 2011, 14
Cambridge Magazine, Arts & Culture (reproduction), Cambridge, UK, Feb 2014
Cambridge News (mention in article & reproduction), Cambridge, UK, Jan 2014
Studio Visit Magazine, Juried Publication (feature with reproductions), vol. 21, p12-13, 2013
San Mateo Daily Journal, Weekend Journal (reproduction), vol. 12, ed. 218, p23, April 27, 2012
Hohmann Fine Art, Gallery Collection: Internatl. Contemporary Fine Art (article & reproductions), 2011
San Francisco Weekly, The Art of the Best of San Francisco (reproduction), vol. 29, no 17, p22, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle (reproduction), pR-35, Feb 8, 2009
ARTnews Magazine (reproduction), p219, summer 2007

Education
2012 STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CONTINUING STUDIES, Stanford, CA
2005 ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA, M.F.A. in Studio Painting
2001 UNIVERSITY of BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver, Canada
UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO, La Jolla, CA, B.A. in Psychology; Minor in Chemistry

Teaching // Selected
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA
LECTURER, Architectural Design Program: “Principles of Freehand Drawing” (2010-present)
LECTURER, Architectural Design Program: Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering: “Architectural History and Drawing in Eastern Europe,” co-taught with Prof. Thomas Beischer (2015-present)
LECTURER, Continuing Studies Program, “Basic Painting,” “Abstract Painting,” “Abstract Figurative Painting,” “Introduction to Life Drawing,” “Expressive Drawing” (2011-present)
ASSISTANT LECTURER, Symbolic Systems Program: “Learning Facial Emotions: Art & Psychology,” co-taught with Prof. David C. Wilkins, Ph.D. (2010, 11)
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, San Francisco, CA
LECTURER, Public Education Program: “Figure Drawing: Illusions on the 2D Surface” (2013-present)
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