Before Michael Cuomo began his artist career he might have sat and stared at something that caught his eye, not quite knowing why he was attracted to it, or even recognizing that it was in fact inspiring him. He began realizing his creative talents in 2002 when the world and his purpose within it became clearer. It was then that he experienced a spiritual awakening of sorts, and suddenly was able to channel his creative energies toward something productive.
Now Michael is a painter, illustrator, and assembler of collages, utilizing the many found and gifted materials that he now has stacked around his studio at YOHO. He is constantly visually stimulating himself and finding inspiration in used and worn objects, often creating collages that have underlying social and cultural contexts. Michael also builds compelling – and sometimes haunting – masks out of these collected objects. These are the collections that, he says, “poured out of me.” To create his paintings on the other hand, initially he will first sketch something that interests him – perhaps a set of buildings or a bar scene – and then will take the black and white drawing back to his studio to create a new portrayal of that moment. He is a gravitating toward producing more graphic illustrations when previously scenes consisted of active and modern collage-like cityscapes, not-quite-human subjects, and other highly detailed designs.
Michael was recently awarded the Bronx Recognizes its Own (BRIO) grant, based solely on artistic excellence, and will be featured in a related exhibition at the Longwood Art Gallery. Every day, and especially with the help of his new studio space, Michael’s work evolves into something new and different. He is producing more, getting fresh ideas, and meeting new contacts. It will be interesting to see where his art takes him next.
Michael Cuomo Resume firstname.lastname@example.org www.michaelcuomoart.com YOHO Studios, 578 Nepperhan Ave., Suite 505, Yonkers, NY 10704 Solo Exhibitions 2013 Heads of State, Backstreet Gallery, New Rochelle, NY 2008 Subatomic Thought Control, Ambrosia Gallery, New Rochelle,
NY Selected Exhibitions 2013 Dark and Scary, Greenpoint Gallery,Brooklyn NY 2013 Divine Intersection: Religious Crossroads, Brother Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, NY 2013 YOHO Open Studios, YOHO Studios, Yonkers, NY 2013 We Heart Art, Empire Hotel Rooftop, Manhattan, NY 2013 Nocturnal Nation, Gallery 69, Manhattan, NY 2012 Motown to Def Jam (Harlem Arts Crawl), Leroy Nieman Art Center, Harlem, NY 2012 Lost and Found, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY 2012 YOHO Open Studios, YOHO Studios, Yonkers, NY 2012 Home is Where The Bronx Is, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY 2011 Artist Duel, 4 North Main Gallery, Southampton, NY 2011 YOHO Open Studios, YOHO Studios, Yonkers, NY 2011 The Fall Show, Peace and Love Cafe, Manhattan, NY 2011 The Fusion of Graffitti and Post Modernism, Kimmel Center NYU, Manhattan, NY 2011 The Knickerbocker Art Show, Media Loft Gallery, New Rochelle, NY 2010 YOHO Open Studios, YOHO Studios, Yonkers, NY 2010 Paint the Town:NYC, Art Off Space, Brooklyn, NY 2010 RT Vegas Exhibition, Claude Gallery, Eastchester, NY 2007 Grand Opening, Ambrosia Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
Awards 2010 BRIO Bronx Recognizes It’s Own Artist Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY Artist Educator 20102013 Yonkers Parks and Recreation, Senior Artist Educator, Yonkers, NY 2012 Morris Heights After School Program, Artist Educator, Bronx, NY
Education 2008 Art Students League of New York, Manhattan, NY 2003 Art Students League of New York, Manhattan, NY