Michael Brown was raised on a small farm in Oklahoma where he learned to fix motors of abandoned cars and pickup trucks, and to appreciate the sunsets and spring rains offered by the surrounding landscape.
Michael's artwork reflects the quality of light and space particular to these memories, as well as his current day-to-day experiences living in New York City. His paintings develop through drawings, which are indebted to his early fascination with Native American ledger art and their economy of means used to convey complex subject matter and their ability to produce meaning from even the smallest gesture of line and color.
Michael Brown resides in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He received his MFA in painting at The Tyler School of Art and a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as an AFA degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts.