Michael Pribich was born and raised in Northern California. He lives in New York City with his wife Esperanza Cortes. He received a BA degree from Sacramento State University and MFA degree from Hunter College, NY. He is interested in the artist’s role in advancing ideas that lead to continual growth and change. He explores the idea that labor can be viewed as cultural production, resulting in an expanded social space.
He has completed projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California. 2015-2018 projects and exhibitions include: Travel and study project locations include India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Guadalajara and Hong Kong. Solo exhibitions; Labor Days, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY, Centerfield, Webb School, Knoxville, Tn. Group exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mocad, Detroit, Orange County Cultural Center and Flux Art Fair, NY. He was an artist resident at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala Mexico, Jentel Residency, Sheridan, Wy; travel residencies in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Guadalajara.
In addition to producing artwork he has been employed as a forest firefighter, logger, prison instructor, house painter, waiter, art handler and art courier.
Michael Pribich is an artist’s artist who attended 360 Xochi Quetzal in the Spring of 2015. His work is smart, embedded with layers of meaning, beautiful, both pleasing and challenging, often monumental and deeply informed by sense of place. Michael lives and works in New York City and as you will read, also travels the world collecting history, materials and inspiration that he transforms with his keen eye and mind. -dek In your artist statement you write: “The disparity between classes informs your use of materials….” Mining the Pueblo is a series of art works that began at 360 Xochi Quetzal. I