Michael’s paintings can best be described as the documentation of all his run-ins as visual outbursts depicting a life’s worth of clashes and epiphanies. Born and raised in Dorchester, a blue collar culturally diverse neighborhood in Boston. Michael likens painting to writing visual poems, drawing inspiration from the city and community he lives in, the people he interacts with, fights with, falls in love with, and the music he listens too. Hip hop pulses through his loose graffiti style while his love for punk rock gives it a society challenging edge. Michael’s paintings are filled with visual questions and affirmations, while encouraging the willingness to be himself at all costs. He believes art resides on the ground floor and in the basements, as close to the earth as possible, always inclusive, always eye level. Primarily hoping you can feel something when you look at his work, identify with the content, or make it mean something for you personally.

“Art to me is within us and if embraced, and creativity utilized, it can reside in all aspects of your life. I know it does in mine”

- michael conroy


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