Michael Watson (b. 1982, Knoxville, TN) is a New York based multidisciplinary artist who physically engages with materials such as plywood, rice and fire to produce visceral paintings, mixed media and performance art. By pushing the physical limits of materials, his work challenges our understanding of the metaphysical, existential, and sociopolitical constructs that dominate our daily lives. Watson received his MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in 2013 and a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in spaces throughout the US including the Hunterdon Art Museum (May 2017), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NYC (2015,16), Brooklyn Museum (2014-15), Leila Heller Gallery, NYC (2014), SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (2014), Strange Loop Gallery, NYC (2014), Ideas City Festival via AiOP affiliated with The New Museum (2013), The Kitchen, NYC (2013), Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC (2012/13), and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (2006). His residency experience includes Arts, Letters and Numbers, Averill Park NY (2017), AIR Program 4heads Organization, NYC (2013) and the New York Studio Program, NYC (2006). Currently he is participating in the ChaShaMa studio program at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.