b. San Francisco, CA
Lives and works in New York
An influential observer of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Holman is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and musician, based in New York City. A pioneer in the Downtown New York Art Scene and Uptown Hip Hop Scene, Holman founded the band Gray - an industrial atmospheric, noise group - with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as created and produced the first Hip Hop television show, Graffiti Rock in 1984.
Holman paints from the point of view of a historical absurdist, a "Deconstructivist." In his paintings, Holman strives to exploit man's need to express ideas and emotions in documental formats, which have a propensity to convey meaning, in and of themselves, for example: flags, papal bulls, and scrolls. His work has been shown in eminent art institutions, from Art Basel Miami to the Beyeler Museum in Basel, Switzerland and musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
In 2016, Holman's music archives and artifacts were acquired by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Jerome Robbins Dance Division in Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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