Michael Hall is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. As an artist whose perspective was strongly shaped by his family’s military heritage, he looks to add a more nuanced approach to necessarily critical but discordant conversations. Through painting and participatory works he addresses these dynamics within a larger, multi-faceted cultural context: one of complicated family webs and communities, structural pedagogy, systematized aesthetics and the tenuous space between control and protection.
Hall is a recipient of both a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a MFA Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His recent Bay Area solo exhibitions include Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Southern Exposure, SF MOMA Artist Gallery and Blankspace Gallery. His work has been featured in group exhibitions nationally and throughout California as well as numerous online and print publications, including New American Painting.
He was born in San Diego, California to military parents and has lived around the world in Japan, Russia, England, and France. Hall received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from Mills College. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California. Since 2003, he has taught at Creative Growth Art Center, where he began the first video production class for artists with developmental disabilities. Additionally, he teaches painting at Mills College, UC Berkeley and has participated on the curatorial board at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at California State University East Bay.