Michael Ray Charles

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Born in 1967 in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, Michael Ray Charles currently lives and works in Houston, Texas, USA. He spent most of his youth in California and Louisiana. He studied design and advertising for three and a half years before being awarded a BFA degree in 1989. He went on to obtain an MFA in 1993 at the University of Houston, Texas, before teaching at the University of Texas in Austin. In 2014, he joined the faculty of the University of Houston. His work features in a wide range of public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Arizona State University Art Museum and San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas.






Born in 1967 in Lafayette, USA

Lives and works in Houston, Texas, USA





EDUCATION




1993

MFA, University of Houston, Texas, USA



1989

BA, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Los Angeles, USA





SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)





2022
In the Presence of Light, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Hilliard Art  Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

2004

Michael Ray Charles - Falk Visiting Artist, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Universitry of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA



2003

Michael Ray Charles, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain


Michael Ray Charles, Salle Allende, Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Brussels, Belgium



2002


Michael Ray Charles: Standard 8, Cotthem Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 


Michael Ray Charles: Shiny Figures, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain



2001

Michael Ray Charles, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke, Belgium



1999 

Face Off: Michael Ray Charles/Jean-Michel Basquiat, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
Michael Ray Charles-Forever Free, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Michael Ray Charles, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

Stereo Typical Errors: Michael Ray Charles and Joyce J. Scott, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA



1998

Michael Ray Charles, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 

Michael Ray Charles, Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany 



1997

Michael Ray Charles, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Michael Ray Charles-New Paintings , Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

1989-1997: An American Artist’s Work, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas, USA ; traveled to the Austin museum of Art, Texas ; then to the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA

Michael Ray Charles: Paintings, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA


1996

Michael Ray Charles, Dishman Gallery, Beaumont, Texas, USA
Michael Ray Charles: New Paintings, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA



1995

Michael Ray Charles, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Michael Ray Charles: Liberty Bros. Permanent Daily Circus, Moody Gallery, Houston, USA

Michael Ray Charles: New York, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, USA



1994

Michael Ray Charles: New York, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, USA

Michael Ray Charles: Forever Free, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA



1993

Michael Ray Charles: Forever Free, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA



1991

Michael Ray Charles, Barnes Blackman Galleries, Houston, Texas, USA


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (SELECTION)


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

Jesuit Dallas Museum, Texas, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Mu.Zeee, Ostend, Belgium
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Paul and Lulu Hiliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

San Antonio, Museum of Art, Texas, USA
University Museums, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas, USA

University of Mississipi, Oxford, Mississipi, USA

University of Wiscounsin, Madison, Wiscounsin, USA

Warfield Center Contemporary Art Collection, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA





BIBLIOGRAPHY (SELECTION)



2020 

Michael Ray Charles. A Retrospective, dir. Cherise Smith, Texas University Press, USA

1999
Michael Ray Charles. Forever Free. Hedwig Van Impe and Remei Giralt, Cotthem Gallery , Barcelona, Spain, Knokke, Belgium

1998
Michael Ray Charles. Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA










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