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 paintings of intimacy, self-reflection, and domesticity, discuss the constructions of identity, individuality, and the idea of authentic experience.
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. In addition to his studio practice in Toronto, Michael teaches with the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and with the Art and Art History Program - Department of Visual Studies, UTM/Sheridan College.
Michael Antkowiak wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council through the Visual Artists: Emerging grant.