Michael Haykin was born and educated in Munish, Germany, while his family was in military service for the United States.
Michael Haykin is a painter of contemporary realism whose interest in observing the changing moment is reflected in nearly every artwork he creates. His paintings—formally exquisite, often monumental in scale—illuminate the changing nature of their subjects, depicting the event of transformation. Upon his canvases he applies micro-layers of pigment that allow light and atmosphere to subtly shift, giving his images a shimmering translucency.
Robert E. Night, executive director of the Tucson Museum of Art, says Haykin “Is one of the most refreshing and compelling realist painters working today. Whether it’s in his heroic scaled multi-paneled compositions, or his smaller easel-sized paintings, Michae’s veiled atmospheric perspective creates a mosaic of form and color—elevating the artist’s portraits and everyday scenes of landscape into a surreal dream-like world of soft personal expression.”
Haykin’s artwork has appeared in over 50 solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country. He splits his time between studies in Boulder, Montana, and Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to his annual one and two person shows at galleries, Haykin’s work has been shown at the Holter Museum of Fine Art in Helena, Montana; The Montana Artists’ Refuge in Basin, Montana; Helander Gallery in Palm Beach; the Works Gallery in Southampton, NY and the Limbo Gallery in New York CIty. He has also previously exhibited with Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City.