Michael Massenburg (b. 1959)



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Michael Massenburg, Don't Look Back, 1996, mixed media assemblage, 11.25 x 11.88 inches, signed and dated lower right


"My goal is to create art to inspire, inform, and provoke thoughts and ideas," says Michael Massenburg. "I'm constantly searching for ways to speak about truth and possibilties."


In 2003 Massenburg's work was in an exhibit titled Finding Damily Stories, which was held at four different venues in Los Angeles; California African American Museum, Self-Help Graphics, Chinese American Museum, and the Japanese American Museum. Artists from several different ethnic backgrounds were invited to create artwork that explored their family history. Massenburg used collage and assemblage to tell the story of his family from slavery to the present day.


Massenburg's work also has been exhibited at various other venues in the United States and Mexico and is in several individual and institutional collections including former Preseident and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Nikki Giovanni, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, and the Urban League, among others.


Massenburg earned degrees from the Otis Parson Art Institute, Los Angeles, California and California State University, Long Beach.