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.
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; Martin von Wagner Museum; 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.
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, Indiana University Bloomington, and also at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, Germany. Publications of his paintings have been included in Kunstbeeld magazine, and Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment “2013.” New catalogs in 2017 and 2018 have been published by Galerie Galerie Born in Berlin . A larger catalog has been published for “Michael Markwick: New Songs to Learn and Sing” by the Martin von Wagner Museum, Würzburg, Germany in 2019.