Michael Antkowiak paints from images found on social media, film stills, and from the artist’s personal photographs. His work conflates the collective with the individual experience and presents a fragmented narrative of the everyday. Antkowiak’s images of intimacy, self reflection, and domesticity, discuss the construction of an individual’s sense of self within a greater social context.
Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Ontario Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto. In addition to his studio practice, Michael teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University and with the Art and Art History Department at Sheridan College.
Michael Antkowiak wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council through the Visual Artists: Emerging grant.