B. 1980, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Lives and Works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Known for his dramatic paintings of man pushing the limits of nature through technology and physical stamina, Kagan explores the physical and emotional journey that accompanies explorers from mountaineers to astronauts. Never removing paint once laid down, Kagan instinctively works with an impulsive hand toeing the line between control and chaos.
Born in 1980 in Virginia Beach, Michael Kagan received his BA from The George Washington University and MFA from New York Academy of Art, where he also completed a postgraduate fellowship in 2005.
Special projects include a commission from The Smithsonian, an apparel collaboration with Pharrell Williams, and album cover artwork for The White Lies album Big TV which won an Art Vinyl award for Best Art Vinyl, 2013. He has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including at Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, FL, USA; NYAA, New York, NY, USA; and an upcoming exhibition at VA MOCA, Virginia Beach, VA, USA in September 2019. Kagan’s work is in the collections of the Gemini Trust Company, New York, NY, USA;
Fidelity Investments Corporate Contemporary Art Collection, Boston, MA, USA; Founders Fund, San Fransisco, CA, USA; Jacob & Co., New York, NY, USA; and the Hall Art Collection, Reading, VT, USA, amongst others.