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Meet Michael

Michael Robinson is a cutting-edge contemporary painter known for bold colors, ironic insights and tackling big concepts like the nature of life, the transhumanist revolution and our connection to the spiritual world.

He paints at the intersection of three styles: abstract figurative, mid century geometrics and modern surrealism. Armed with a playful attitude, he often alludes to cultural references in the titles of his paintings or what he paints on the works themselves.  

 These are some hallmarks of this unique painter:  
 - A deceptively simple style imbued with hidden meanings
 - Bold, expressive characters 
 - Rich, saturated colors he has custom created.
 - Satirical looks at modern life 

Ironically, he followed a bit of circuitous route to becoming a painter. As an adolescent in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he loved writing, music and making art. After college, Michael became an award winning professional writer and Pulitzer Prize nominee before becoming a touring and recording musician. He got back into painting shortly after his 60th birthday and has never looked back. 

Robinson counts as his major influences, Kandinsky, Miro, Warhol, Klee, and Basquiat. He lives with his wife Tracy in the hills above Oakland, CA. Besides painting, he enjoys sailing, trap shooting and ski boarding. 

He set up this website as an e-commerce portal where fans can buy high quality reprints that they can customize by choosing from a wide range of sizes and styles. He has a limited number of signed originals available as well.

His art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


My inspiration comes from my varied background as a musician and writer and my love of ideas.  I consider myself a spiritual person and that informs my art.  I also spend a lot of time studying the contemporary masters. I love parodies and that comes across in some of my paintings. 


I get a lot of great feedback for my color schemes. I started by creating a book of paint formulas that I custom created. I then tweak for each painting, often changing on the fly, even mixing on the brushes themselves. I start from sketches and often have "story conferences" about the ideas I want to get across. 

Career Highlights

As a journalist, I was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won several reporting awards. I received critical acclaim for my nonfiction book "Overdrawn." As a musician, I recorded four CDs and played 200 live shows.  For my paintings, I have received hundreds of comments and raves on Instagram.

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