Title: The Slave
Dimensions: width: 121cm, height: 153cm, depth: 182cm
Notes: bronze, horse hair, rope, found objects
Michael Massaro is an award-winning artist whose work in sculpture, painting, and printmaking iswell regarded in his home state of Florida and, increasingly, around the world.
Michael exhibits regularly at venues including The University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery and the West Tampa Center for the Arts, and his work appeared in the One Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the All-Florida Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, and the Las Damas Invitational Exhibition. Recent international exhibits include UNESCO’s Andorra Art Camp in Ordino, Andorra, Ghetto Biennale in Port A Prince, Haiti, and Passion for Freedom London Festival 2012.
Michael’s expertise and experience in design, fabrication, and presentation of art is highly valued in the arts community as witnessed by his work with such acclaimed artists as Sam Gilliam, Joyce Scott, Miriam Shapiro, Ed Paschke, and Audrey Flack at Tampa’s renowned printmaking lab–STUDIO f.
Michael generously shares his talents with students as an arts advocate and educator. He is the Director of Gallery 501 at Howard W. Blake School of the Arts in Tampa, Studio Assistant, Foundry Coordinator and Gallery Preparator at The University of Tampa, and co-printer for visiting artists at STUDIO f.
Michael Massaro’s recent work is a social commentary concerning the inhumanity people are willing to inflict upon others. There is a rampant violence and exploitation in our world that infects every culture on earth. Violence seems to be a language everyone speaks and atrocities a thing people are willing to ignore. Researching or being exposed to these acts served as a point of departure for much of his work.
Massaro has always had an intense interest in the connectivity of materials and a natural curiosity of how things fit together. Having a fundamental belief that all things are connected in some way has spurred him to experiment, combining materials to create harmony or discord. Each material has its own unique qualities and its own limitations. Experimenting with these traits often lead to unexpected changes. His tendency is to do something to a work, live with it, sharing its space while working on something else. Massaro frequently manipulates a piece to a satisfactory end and sets it aside for a time when inspiration and the environment surrounding the piece allows him to make changes and improvements. As the piece changes and evolves, so does he.