Michael Cutlip

Michael Cutlip

Holualoa, HI, United States

About Michael Cutlip

“ Adhering collage elements to panels on which he can also paint, Cutlip gives just the right heft to his
compositions, a balancing act that many who work in this vein never perfect,” The San Francisco
Chronicle’s Art Critic, Kenneth Baker, says when descripting the work of Berkeleybased
artist Michael
Cutlip. A multimedia
artist with a selfproclaimed
obsession with paper, Cutlip draws on the raw energy
of urban life when crafting his mixed media works. Mixing found paper and paint on panels, the artist
creates abstract compositions that highlight the juxtaposition of color, form, and texture.
An artist with a following in the Bay Area and beyond, Cutlip’s exhibition history includes shows in San
Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Vancouver, BC, and in 2014, he won the Alameda County Arts
Commission Purchase Grant. Cutlip’s work has been acquired by the corporate collections of Microsoft,
Bloomingdales, Kaiser Permanente and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to name a few. His work
is also featured in the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara and is a part of singer/songwriter Sarah
McLachlan's private collection.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cutlip was exposed to artistic endeavors at a young age
through his mother, a writer and musician with a passion for arts and crafts. Despite his creative
surroundings, Cutlip discovered art later in life, realizing his passion for visual expression in a drawing
course he took at California State University, East Bay. Upon finding his true calling, Cutlip left his
Business major to pursue a degree in Fine Art. The artist currently resides in Berkeley, California, with
his wife and two children.
Outside of Cutlip’s educational background, the artist considers his practice in many ways to be
Heavily influenced by graffiti and street art, his works showcase metropolitan life as seen
through an abstract lens. Representational associations fade away as thick layers of paper and paint come
together in an effortless balance of color and texture. Conceived in both individual and multipanel
installation works, Cutlip’s collages reconstitute urban detritus into a vibrant reflection of our material
environment. In addition to creating work of his own, the artist has worked as a private art instructor for
the past four years, teaching workshops and ongoing weekly classes in his personal studio.


Foothill College / 1992–1995
California State University Hayward / 1995–1999
(BA Studio Art, Minor Business Administration)


Zia Gallery / Winnetka IL / Jan. 2013 / Two Person Show
Seager Gray Gallery – Playland/ Mill Valley CA / Nov. 2012 / Solo Show
K. Imperial Fine Art / San Francisco Ca / June – July 2012 / Solo Show
Donna Seager Gallery. / San Rafael Ca, / Feb.-March 2011 / Solo Show
Jacana Contemporary Art / Vancouver BC, Canada / Oct – Nov. 2010 / Solo Exhibition
Donna Seager Gallery – Why Not? / San Rafael Ca, / Dec.. 2008 / Solo Show
SOPA Fine Art… Borrowed Goods / Canada / Oct. 2008 / Solo Show
Bryant Street Gallery / Palo Alto, CA / April 2008/ Solo Show
Wells Fargo Presents Lobby Exhibition / San Francisco, CA / Curated by Cathy Baum / 2007 / Solo Show
One Sansome Street Lobby, Citigroup Center / Curated by Jan Casey / Summer 2007 / Solo Show
Stricoff Fine Art / New York, N.Y. / Oct. 2007 / Three-person Show
Melanee Cooper Gallery / Chicago Ill. / March 2007 / Two- Person Show
Swarm Gallery / Oakland Ca / November 2006 / Two-person Show
Bryant St. Gallery, Palo Alto, Ca/ February 2006/ Solo Show
Triton Museum of Art “New California Artist Series”, Santa Clara, CA/ Oct.-Dec. 2005/ Solo Show
Sense Gallery, Menlo Atherton, Ca/ September 2004/ Solo Show
Bryant St. Gallery, Palo Alto, Ca/ February 2004/ Solo Show
1212 Gallery, Burlingame Ca / October 2003/ Two Person Show
Bryant St. Gallery, Palo Alto, Ca./ February 2003/ Solo Show
Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto Ca./ February 2002 / Two Person Show
Bryant St. Gallery, Palo Alto Ca./ February 2001/ Two Person Show
CSUH Student Gallery, Hayward Ca./ 1998 1999