Michael Stamm Biography
Drawing at once from design, literature and autobiography, Michael Stamm probes the need for genuine human relationships in a world that is somehow both increasingly interconnected and deeply alienated. Exploring themes of identity, physical and spiritual wellness, self-actualization and self-doubt, Stamm’s practice playfully oscillates between distanced, abstract contemplation and erratic, self-conscious confession. Stamm’s paintings and drawings critically consider the popular tenets of our time with a wry sincerity, reconciling hope and skepticism in an era that requires large doses of both.
Michael Stamm was raised in Evanston, Illinois. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in English Literature from Columbia University before earning an MFA from New York University in 2016. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2016) and was awarded the John Imber Painting Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center (2016). Stamm’s first solo exhibition, Just Like This Please, was presented at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York in 2016. His work has further been included in several group exhibitions, including shows at Underdonk, Brooklyn; ASHES/ASHES, Los Angeles; and Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig. His work has been featured in Art in America, The New Yorker, Artforum, among others. Residencies include the MacDowell Colony (2018), the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles (2017) and Yaddo (2016). Stamm received the New York Foundation for the Arts annual NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in 2018.