Michael Azgour is known for abstract figurative paintings that reflect upon fleeting moments within the
human condition. His works are expressive and geometric abstractions informed by an involved process
that combines a strategic, realistic technique with pattern and repetition and the muse of accidental
surprise that comes as a result of energetic mark-making. This causes his figures to seemingly float with
one foot firmly planted in the present while the other wafts into the past.
Recently, Azgour has been drawn to explore the ubiquity of photography in contemporary culture and the
changing role this has played on the individual experience. This work speaks about how we interact with
images today by referencing features found in the disconnected snapshots and video clips that surround
our lives. Paint becomes pixel, blur or distortion mirroring the digitally manipulated portraits and albums
that populate our social media profiles. Although the disparate visuals and juxtaposed compositions
appear random, they are in fact bits of narrative from the artist’s own life and travels. Building on the
assumption that a photograph is a suitable representation of a memory, he combines unrelated pictures
together in the same composition, challenging the viewer’s interpretation. Through psychological mood
and fragmented depictions he asks us What is Real?
Michael’s paintings have been exhibited in a number of prestigious galleries and museums and are part of
dozens of collections worldwide. He teaches drawing and painting courses at Stanford University and San
Francisco Art Institute.