Mickael Broth is a Richmond Virginia-based artist, muralist, and writer. Broth moved to Richmond in 2001 with the intention of painting as much graffiti as possible. His involvement in vandalism was halted abruptly with his arrest in 2004 and subsequent ten-month jail term.
Since that time, he has gone on to pursue a successful and active career in the arts. He was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2008 for his gallery work and has shown widely around the United States; from museums and galleries to alternative spaces and abandoned buildings. His work is held in numerous public and private collections.
In 2013 he published a three part memoir entitled Gated Community: Graffiti and Incarceration, detailing his experiences in the justice system. Broth has been an active member of the community, working with youth art groups, as well as leading groups of corporate volunteers through public art projects, in addition to contributing work to multiple non-profit organizations. Broth is the co-founder of Welcoming Walls, a project dedicated to bringing public art to the highways and gateways of Richmond Virginia in an effort to boost civic pride, tourism, and the city’s reputation as a capital of creativity.
In 2013, he published Gated Community: Graffiti and Incarceration, a memoir detailing his experiences with vandalism and jail. In 2016, he was awarded a CultureWorks Building Capabilities Grant to assist in the construction of a dedicated studio space.