Michael Koehler is a Pittsburgh native and Art Institute graduate. Michael is no stranger to the Pittsburgh art scene as he has taken part in a number of group shows and themed exhibitions at multiple Pittsburgh galleries and venues including fastfwd Gallery, Moxie Dada, Modern Formations gallery, and Gallery 4. Michael has also been invited to contribute pieces to salon shows at the infamous La Luz de Jesus and FireHouse galleries in Los Angeles. Not surprising, as he has a masterful illustrative style complemented by a deeply personal mythology. Often influenced by the natural processes of life, death, and regeneration; the subjects are sometimes animalistic children, strange creatures, and robotic men who dwell in isolated dream-like landscapes.
The work illustrates the dynamic between bright and dark, a feeling of stagnation within limitlessness, and the possibility of happiness within a stale nightmare. And although such themes can easily be heavy and dark, Michael is careful to keep a sense of humor and playfulness at the heart of each piece. These characters are often portrayed as tense yet somehow at peace, part of a grand transformational scheme that happens to take place in a remnant location. The characters at play in his world seem to have a life beyond what has simply been painted onto a board.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Lost, Found, Somewhere in Between, The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA
Selected Group Exhibitions
Steel City Secret Cinema II, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh
ZA, Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Steel City Secret Cinema, Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Art All Night, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA
Wallspace, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Group Show, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Dia De Los Muertos Y La Resurreccio, Moxie Dada, Pittsburgh, PA
Spring Salon, Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Vicious Landscapes, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI
Cannibal Flower 8th anniversary, The Firehouse, Los Angeles, CA
Bright and Shiny Holiday, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
3 Rivers Arts Festival, with Moxie Dada, Pittsburgh, PA
Selected Duo Exhibitions
Bogus Journey, Moxie Dada, with Thad Kellstadt, Pittsburgh, PA
Numero Uno, AABC Gallery, with Ronnie Hicks Butler, PA
The Associated Artists of Butler County Gallery
Works held in private collections in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.