Michael Hecht is a master figurative painter, draftsman, and printmaker who presents artwork that confronts the observer with familiar, though often hidden and unspoken, facets of humanity. Boldly addressing both the exterior and interior realms of living as a human being, Hecht's work fascinates with its personal evocations of mythology, attraction, repulsion, and psychological vulnerability.
Michael was born in Sioux Falls, SD. He spent his formative years in the Midwestern states of South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa. He earned a BFA in printmaking at the University of South Dakota in 1991 and an MFA in painting/printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art in 1998. He currently teaches part-time at the SMFA at Tufts in Boston and lives in New Bedford, MA, where he shares a studio with his wife.
I explore expanded self-portraiture to communicate various psychological states of being. My art reflects the universal and timeless through intimate depictions of the vital yet temporal human figure. I work in a range of mediums both independently and as mixed-media, including drawing, printmaking, and painting.