Michael Markwick completed his studies with an M.F.A. from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA) in 2002. He grew up in Michigan and immigrated to the Netherlands in 2002, later moving to Berlin in 2005.
His works range from intimate, small-scale paintings and drawings to large-scale dynamic works, where contrasts of luminous color push against muted tones, creating tension-filled images with apocalyptic undercurrents and lyrical poetic play. The paintings often begin with a kind of landscape, at times also including figurative elements like bones or architectonic forms. He is drawn to the strange dissonance and energy in areas that have tension between human presence and nature, like the forested zones at the edges of cities.
Markwick is frequently invited as a guest teacher and lecturer, most recently at various universities in the U.S., including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of South Carolina, and Indiana University Bloomington. Publications of his paintings have been included in Kunstbeeld magazine, and Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment “2013.”
His work resides in many private and corporate collections in North America, Asia, and the EU, including at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp; Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.; John Beck Collection, Indiana University Museum of Art; University of the Arts Philadelphia; and Purdue University, amongst others.
He is currently represented by Galerie Born in Berlin.