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Meet Michael: The "Master of Allusion"

Michael Robinson is a contemporary painter known for bold colors, ironic insights and big ideas.

 He brings an intriguing and varied background as a writer, musician, photographer and avid art collector to his canvases.  

 Armed with a playful attitude, he often alludes to cultural references in the titles of his paintings or what he writes on the works themselves.  So much so that some have dubbed him the “Master of Allusion.” 

These are some hallmarks of his unique style:  
- Titles that often allude to books, music or films. 
- Hand painted inscriptions or quotations in some of the works themselves.  
- Bold expressive characters.
- Rich, saturated colors he has custom created.
- High concepts reduced to canvas.  

Robinson counts as his major influences, Kandinsky, Miro, Warhol, Klee,  Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis 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 prints that they can customize by choosing from a wide range of sizes and styles:  metal, archival paper, canvas wraps, wood and acrylic.  

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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