Biography

 

                                                     Michael Angelo Gagliardi was born and raised in New York City. In 1985 Michael Angelo graduated from C. W. Post                                                       College of Long Island University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture and a                                                                                            Master of Art in Theatrical Design. Although he was heavily influenced by the Neo-Expressionist style, Michael                                                                Angelo has spent his early career pursuing the creation of art in an impressive range of techniques, styles, and                                                              forms. During the same time, Michael Angelo began working as a professional scenic artist and stage craftsperson                                                        with off Broadway productions.

                                                       In 1989, he moved to Chicago, where he continued working at scenic studios and moved more into stage craft                                                             working as a carpenter, rigger and later, automation. Michael Angelo started touring the country with Broadway                                                             musicals in 1996, starting with Showboat. He spent nearly 30 years touring with the productions Titanic, Peter Pan, The Lion King, and The Color Purple, to name a few. Determined to continue making art along the way, Michael Angelo created a unique mobile art studio which he set up in every hotel room allowing him to create a vast amount of works on paper. Michael Angelo has shown throughout his career in Galleries and Museums in NYC, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Tampa, Miami as well as other cities. 

               

In 2009, while working on the Tour of the Broadway Musical Mary Poppins, Michael Angelo had a work-related accident which resulted in a permanent spine injury. In 2013 he was classified as disabled and retired. He remains dedicated to doing physical therapy, and considers himself fortunate that he is able to make art despite living in constant pain. 

In addition to art making, Michael Angelo has pursued various interests throughout his life. He is a Certified Cave/Wreck/Technical Scuba Diver, Water conservationist, Forestry steward, Underwater cave restorations expert, Additionally, he served as expedition artist on Great Lake Shipwreck documentations, 2002 USS Monitor Turret recovery, underwater cave explorations, Fauna surveys and lecturer, fabricator for scientific studies. All these exposures have influenced and inspired his art.

Michael Angelo currently lives on his tree farm in High Springs, Florida with his wife.

            “In the end, this is what artist are, in our most basic form. We are all story tellers.  It is my hope that by telling someone stories with my art, I can provoke some new thoughts or feelings, to touch someone’s soul.  Maybe by doing this, I will have earned the honor of inspiring other artists."

Artist Statement

“Art flows like water but burns like fire with passion”

 My artwork tells stories that revolve around a character or characters in conflict within an environment rich with symbolic imagery and motif. For me, the nature of the story determines the medium, because different stories require different techniques. I work in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media, using oil and acrylic paints, colored pencil, and crayons, as well as steel, cement, and stone.

When I see a found object such as an old piece of steel that has been tossed away, I don’t see trash, I see the possibility of what it may become, what its story is and will be.  In my studio I study the piece and over the course of time (sometimes years) I look at the piece and dream. I start to see images in my mind of what it will be.  Sometimes, I must acquire several parts before the whole starts to formulate in my mind. Then I begin to draw the artwork in a sketch book. The possibilities solidify. The line between the concept and the design converges into the spark. The epiphany occurs, a moment of clarity in which my mind sees the completed piece. I work out any technical aspects of the sculpture as I lay out the design.  The work goes quickly; the character is now real to me.  As I sculpt and paint, I tell the story saying it or singing it out loud.  The title and the artwork finish often at the same time as I visually create the story, I write the story out in chalk, on the wall or workbench.  Out of these words the title emerges, a small slice of the story.  

When I work with clay and steel, I am using techniques and methods whose beginnings are lost in history. By using these methods, I am searching for the spirit not only of the first sculptors but the spirit that resides within the material. Water and fire, love and hate, pain and joy, life and death, loneliness, and contentment--all these juxtapositions can be found within the characters and environments of these visual stories. My art requires a high degree of physical action.  My mental image becomes real because I fight and dance with the material. The physical nature of my work requires me to use all my emotions, love, hate, anger, pity, and my pain. These are instilled into the works; I pour all that I am into them. It is this dance of creation that brings life to my art and the stories it tells.

Resume

Michael Angelo Gagliardi
Artist/Designer

4170 NE 43rd Ave, High Springs, FL, 32643

Cell: 773-531-4993

Email: MA9001@AOL.COM

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Born in 1962

EDUCATION:          B.F.A. - C.W. POST COLLEGE of LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY- 1984 - FINE ARTS (Sculpture)

                                 M.A - C.W. POST COLLEGE of LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY - 1986 - THEATRICAL DESIGN

UNION:   I.A.T.S.E. - LOCAL #2 Chicago STAGEHANDS

GALLERY SHOWINGS

  1. Human Figures And Faces - Las Laguna Art Gallery

  2. Multiple Group Shows – Gainesville Fine Art Association - 2021

  3. 4 Group Shows – David Jones Gallery – Kanas City Mo - 2021

  4. 2021 - The Second Half (50 & Older) – Las Laguna Art Gallery – virtual show – July- 2021

  5. Freestyle: A Virtual Show - Flagler County Art League - 2021

  6. Diversia: Nature – Biafarin Opportunities – virtual show - 2021

  7. Exhibizone 4th Group Art Exhibition - Spring 2021 – Biafarin Opportunities – virtual show - 2021

  8. Artistonish - April 2021 - Biafarin Opportunities- virtual show- 202

  9. Downeast National Juried Indoor Sculpture Exhibition – Emerge Gallery and Art Center- Greenville NC – March - 2021

  10. November 2020 Group Art Show - Jones Gallery Kanas City – November - 2020

  11. 2020 Art for the View-An Exhibition Celebrating Artists with Physical Disabilities (virtual) – Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation - October - 2020

  12. Nude Night Tampa - -3 day art event -Tampa – March - 2020

  13. Nude Night Orlando - -3 day art event -Orlando – February 2020

  14. The Valdosta National 2020 – group invitational exhibit – January - 2020

  15. Reclaimed - Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County – June thru August 2019

  16. Nude Night Tampa – 3 day art event – Tampa – March 2019

  17. Nude Night Orlando -3 day art event -Orlando – February 2019

  18. Alexandria Museum Of Fine Art – group show – Concrete And Adrift: On The Poverty Line – Alexandra, La – March - June 2019

  19. Site: Brooklyn Gallery – Group Show – Contemporary Sculpture – Brooklyn NY - 2019

  20. Visionary Art Gallery – Group show – Landscapes – Gainesville -2018

  21. Tench Arts Gallery - Michael Angelo Gagliardi – 35 Years As An Artist – Solo Show - Artist/curator – Gainesville - 2018

  22. Oak Hammond Gallery/Hippodrome Theatre Gallery - Folk Art Exhibition – Gainesville Fl - 2018

  23. Gainesville Fine Art Association Gallery – multiple shows – Gainesville Fl - 2015 to present

  24. Long Beach Foundation Of The Arts And Sciences - 2018 Works On Paper National Competition - Loveladies NJ - 2018

  25. Nude Nite Miami - 3day art event – Miami - 2017

  26. DNA From The Hand Of Man Gallery – gallery artist – Gainesville Fl - 2016 to 2017

  27. Nude Night Tampa - 3day art event – Tampa Bay - 2016 and 2017

  28. Oak Hammond/The Hippodrome Theatre Gallery – Da Da Exhibit - 2rd Place – Gainesville Fl - 2016

  29. Location 1980 Gallery (Costa Mesa CA) - Animal Spirit Group Show – Best in Show Award – Cosa Masa - 2015

  30. We Are Water – Gallery Swarm – artist/curator - Chicago - 2012

  31. Gallery Artist – 4Art Gallery – multiple group shows - Chicago - 2010 - 2013 

  32. Pointe of Departure – Joffery Ballet - Chicago - 2011

  33. Emerging Artist Show -Urban Art Retreat – Chicago - 2011

  34. Maison Rouge Gallery - Gallery Artist – Chicago – 2008 - 2009

  35. Black Walnut Gallery – Multiple Shows – Chicago – 2007 - 2008

  36. Smart Show – The Flat Iron Building – Chicago - 2008

  37. Chicago Art Open – October 2005 - 2008

  38. Erotic Erotica – Elle Leven Gallery August – Chicago - 2008

  39. Artist for the Prevention of Violence Against Women In Uganda – Group Show Fund Raiser – Chicago - 2008

  40.  Got Knifed Gallery - Multiple Group Shows– Chicago – 2007 - 2008

  41. Group Show – Infusion Gallery – Los Angeles – 2008

  42. Wits End Gallery – Aurora IL – Group show – Aurora Il - 2007

  43. Illustrations For Stories Not Yet Told – One Man Show – Gallery at Holy Covenant Church – Chicago - 2007

  44. Solo Show Sculpture – Art On Armitage Gallery – artist/curator – Chicago - 2006

  45. Chicago Area Artist Alliance Group Show – CAAA Gallery – Spring – Chicago -2006

  46. The Art House – Artist Cooperative – Oak Brook Il – 2005-2006

  47. Pop Up Gallery – Erotic Art Show – St Louis – 2005

  48. Artemisia Gallery Chicago – New Works - Solo show invite – Chicago – 1992

  49. Synergy Theatre Gallery – Multiple Shows, Group and solo – Chicago – 1991-93

  50. Artists Against Homelessness – Group show fund raiser - Chicago – 1989-92

  51. Ward-Lawrence Gallery – Michael Angelo Gagliardi Sculpture Solo Show – NYC - 1989

  52. 9th Precinct Gallery – Outside Manhattan Group Show – NYC – 1988

  53. Stockwell Gallery – Rebirth (group show) – NYC - 198

  54. Revolving Door Gallery – Pop up gallery – Group Show – NYC – 1987-88

  55. Pop up gallery – Pop up Gallery – NYC – 1987

  56. Manhattan Performance Group – Solo Show – NYC - 1986

 

THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE:

1.  Road Flyman – Mary Poppins –1/2009 – 12/2010

2. Head Carpenter (Vacation fill) - Jersey Boys (Chicago) – 10/04/08 – 12/28/08

3.  Road Automation Man – The Color Purple –2/24/07 – 05/02/08  

4.  Local Carpenter - PIRATE QUEEN - Broadway in Chicago Palace Theatre    

5.  Advance Carpenter - The Lion King - Disney Theatrical –– 1/14/05 – 3/05/06

6.  Assistant Carpenter - The Lion King - Disney Theatrical 2/09/03 – 2/06/04

7.  Head Carpenter - Titanic - Dodger Theatricals - 10 venues/11 weeks-2000

8.  Head Carpenter - Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby - PETER PAN COMPANY LLC Bus/truck tour - 30 venues including Broadway twice 1998-99

9.  Head Carpenter - SHOWBOAT III - National Tour LIVENT (US) INC. - 7 venues - 1996-98

10. FREELANCE CARPENTER/WELDER - (Hawkeye Scenic Studios, Becker Scenic Studios CBS-TV, WGN-TV, FOX 32) - 1992-2002

11.  FREELANCE STAGEHAND - (Palace Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Shubert Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Rosemont                                           Theatre.) - 1991-2007

12. CUSTOM PROP MAKER - Independent Contractor- 1992-2003

13.  AUDITORIUM THEATRE - Carpenter (City Of Angels, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Phantom Of The Opera) - 1992-95

14.  POPLAR CREEK MUSIC THEATRE - Spot Light Operator - 1991-94

15.  CHICAGO SCENIC STUDIOS - Paint Dept. Supervisor - 1989-90

16.  STAGE SCENERY (BRUCE & BRUCE), J. PATTERSON SCENIC STUDIOS -  Carpenter, Welder, Scenic Artist - 1985-88

Special Artistic experiences

  1. Conservation Chairman – NSS-CDS – 2015 to 2018 – Team Leader Underwater Cave Archiving Project

  2. Conservation Chairman/ Bod – NACD – Multiple Conservation projects - 2013-2015

  3. Expedition artist – Cozumel Cenote Exploration and Mapping Expedition 2011-2012

  4. Artist and team leader – Whale Bone –Devil’s Springs Restoration project 2015

  5. Artist and team leader - Cow Springs Restoration Project - 2009

  6. USS MONITOR 2002 SURVEY EXPEDITION - expedition artist/research scuba diver - N.O.A.A. – 2002