United States of America
Michael Fusco is an American artist that works with painting, mural painting and drawing, and whose artistic experience comes from both academic and commercial training. He studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, after which he attended the New York Academy of Art’s MFA program. While at NYAA, he specialized in anatomy, which allowed him to be featured in National Geographic while drawing cadavers at Drexel Medical School. At the Academy, he was also selected for a month-long Beijing artist residency in 2018. After completing his MFA, he took an exam to become a Union member of United Scenic Artists and began a new career as a scenic artist in TV and film, where he’s currently working as a scenic artist.
During his time at ´ace, Michael explored printmaking for the first time, translating his thoroughly detailed drawings to the plates through various different techniques. His project is specifically built upon the use of human figures, either from imagination or from figure drawing events. These forms are then abstracted or augmented in both realistic and fantastic ways that directly correlate to the new surroundings of his time at the residency. These figurative bodies blend traditional and non-traditional elements to act as a visual record of the specific ideas inspired by the residencies’ unfamiliar surroundings. Each drawing is reflective of an individual slice of the experience as a whole, encompassing and re-telling a new experience through the figure. The final result is a series of prints embellished with 2D and 3D elements that tell the story of the residency experience.
1987 | USA
Lives and works in Kingston, NY
2019 | Summer Scenic Painting Seminar, Scenic Art Studios
2017-2018 | Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art
2006-2010 | Bachelors of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute
2009 | Product Design Exchange Program, Glasgow School of Art
2005 | Inner-Spark Summer Program, California Institute of the Arts
2020 | Hybrids III (solo show), Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie, NY
2020 | Dear Diary – LIC Arts Open, The Factory Gallery, Queens, NY
2019 | Hybrids II (solo show), Uptown Coffee, Kingston, NY
2019 | Einstein Square Permanent Mural, Southold, NY (solo show)
2019 | Members Exhibition – Small Works, Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY