Michael Hilsman

Born in 1984, Los Angeles.
Lives and works in Pasadena, CA.


MFA, Hunter College, New York

B.A. in Art and B.A. in Social Change in the Arts, UC Santa Cruz and Delhi University, Delhi, India

Solo and Two Artist Exhibitions

Introductions: Michael Hilsman, White Cube, Online Exhibition

Pictures of 'M.' and Other Pictures, Almine Rech Gallery, New-York

Independent Art Fair, Two artist exhibition with Yarisal & Kublitz, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Brussels, Belgium
New Pictures, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland 

The Softest Bullet, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Emotions, with Jesse Wine, Moiety, New York (two person exhibition)

Boneflower, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva


Group Exhibitions

Animal Kingdom, Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY, US
Portraits & Some Standing Figures, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland 
Snow Show, curated by Carey Denniston and Kyle Dancewicz, Rzeplinski, New York 
Summer show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Group show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Yes! But Less (curated by Daria Irincheeva) Apt 16, Newark
CISCO SYSCO SISQO, La Fonda, Rockaway Beach, New York
Moon Over Mountain Pass, Trailer Park Proyects, San Juan, Puerto Rico
100 Little Deaths, BravinLee Programs, New York

Un Lugar en la Horoptera, Asociacion Cultural Mediodia Chica, Madrid, Spain


“Man Fall Down.” Monograph, published by Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, 2015
Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition, Michael Petry, published by Thames and Hudson. 2013 (Forthcoming)
The Huffington Post, “12 Must See Painting Shows,” November, 2012.
Modern Painters, “Two For the Weekend,” Indrisek ,Scott, November, 2012.
Modern Painters, “100 Artists to Watch,”pgs. 65-66, Dec/Jan 2012
Le Point (France), “Interview: Michael Hilsman,” Virginie Lauret, pgs, 90-91, January 2012,
Boston Globe, “Monstrously provocative portraits,” Cate McQuaid, February 9, 2011
New American Paintings Blog, “11 Painters to Watch in 2011,” Evan J Garza, January 10, 2011
Modern Edition Blog, “New Art Talent”, December 2011
The Huffington Post, “Tomorrow’s Art Stars Today,” Steven Zevitas, April 18, 2011
Paperbag Journal, Issue No. 2, January 2011.

Published Art Criticism

«Dan Herschlein’s Safe as Houses», riotmaterial.com, March 2016
A Moment in Time: Fragmentation and Reformulation, Rashid Rana (monograph contribution) Mumbai, 2011
The Power of the Ornament (Die Machts des Ornaments), exhibition catalogue, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2009
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, exhibition text excerpt, Asia Society Museum, New York, 2009

Awards and Honors

Dedalus Foundation MFA Grant Nominee 2011
Artist-in-Residence, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary, June-July 2009
Visiting Faculty, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan, July-August 2008
Alumni Lecture Honorarium for introduction talk to Hank Willis Thomas: Signifying Blackness at Sesnon Gallery, UC Santa Cruz
Katherine E. Metz Painting and Drawing award, Spring 2006
Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Award Program Participant at Sesnon Gallery 2005
Irwin Project Grant recipient 2004, 2005, 2006
College Honors for individual major, Social Change and the Arts, 2006