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Born in St. Petersburg, FL

Lives and works in Miami, FL




BFA New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL


Solo Exhibitions


We'll Weather The Storm Well, Under The Bridge Art Space, North Miami, FL


Neighborhood Reclamation, MDC Museum of Art + Design, The Freedom Tower, Miami, FL


One Deep, Pop Up Exhibition, Design District, Miami, FL


Rites of Passage, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


What Comes With the Territory, The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN


How The Land Lies, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


Michael Vasquez: Authority Figures, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Family Jewels, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


Selected Group Exhibitions


St. Moritz Art Masters 2016, Montblanc Cutting Edge Art Collection, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Aesthetics and Values 2016, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Portraiture Now : Staging the Self, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM


100+ Degrees In The Shade, 3900 M. Miami Ave, Miami, FL

Portraiture Now : Staging the Self, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

Portraiture Now : Staging the Self, Americas Society, New York, NY

The Human Touch, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Alternative Contemporaneities : Temporary Autonomous Zones, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL 

Portraiture Now : Staging the Self, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Washington, D.C 


Current State, curated by Chris Oh, Big Trouble In Little River, Miami, FL

International Friendship Exhibition, Primary, Miami, FL

Portraiture Now : Staging the Self, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Washington, D.C 

Little Haiti Country Club, Little Haiti Country Club, Miami, FL

This Crazy Life, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Human Touch, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


The Human Touch, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ


Things Beyond Our Control, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


Vanishing Points: Paint and Paintings from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Bass Museum  of Art, Miami Beach, FL

Summer Blues, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

Merzbau-Now, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami , FL

Florida Contemporary 2011, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL


Primary Flight, 29th Street and NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL

Boy, Oh Boy!, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami , FL

Franks – Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London, England


Time + Temp, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

Franks - Suss Collection (Selected Works), Franks – Suss Collection, London, England

CFC Charity Art Exhibition, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

SMALL, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


GEN-X: Post Boomers and the New South, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Pivot Points Part 2: New Mythologies, The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL


Circular Reasoning (curated by Dennis Scholl), Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX


Partial Recall, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY

Metro Pictures, The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL


O, The Games We Play, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

Classified (BFA Exhibition), New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL


Selected Gorilla Tactiks Exhibitions


Co Operate, Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL


Social Clash Gorilla Tactiks Solo Show, The Smith Building, Miami, FL

The Last Show, The House, Miami, FL

I am the resurrection, Project Room, Locust Projects Miami, FL


Side Slide Gorilla Tactiks and the TM Sisters, The Wynard Space, Miami, FL

Le Arte Avant Garte, W-10 Space Florida International University, Miami, FL


Awards, Lectures and Community Outreach 


Artist Talk, Aesthetics & Values, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University


Artist Talk, Americas Society and Council of the Americas, New York, NY

Swing/SPACE/Miami, Award and Exhibition, MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami, FL

Artist In Residence, YoungArts, Miami, FL


Art Roundtable, Michael Vasquez, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale , FL

Meet the Artist - Artist Lecture Series, "Portraiture Now : Staging the Self," Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

Community Art Wall, Hispanic Heritage Month - Family Day, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

Special Guest Speaker, Young Ambassadors Program, Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Master Class, Young Arts Week 2014, Miami, FL


John and Diane Marek Visiting Artist Lecture Series, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

AIM Achievement Independence Motivation Center, Chattanooga, TN


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Mattie Rhodes Center, Kansas City, MO



Anne Tschida, Storm Season Approaches, Arts & Entertainment, Visual Arts, Miami Herald, May 7, 2017 p. 6M

Valeriya Safronova, Swizz Beatz’s Music Studio is Basically an Art Gallery, Fashion & Style, Night Out, The New York Times, September 29, 2016 web

Matthew J. Palm, Modern Musings: Artists tackle the issues of the day in OMA’s Florida Prize exhibition, Entertainment, Theater & Arts, Orlando Sentinel, July 13, 2016

Hansen Mulford, 2016 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Exhibition Catalog, p 46-49

Brett Sokol, Inside Art, A New Art Scene, The New York Times, November 27, 2015 p. c24

Lennie Bennett, Mural Magic, Tampa Bay Times, October 25, 2015, p. L1

Martha Schwendener, Review : ‘Portraiture Now,’ a Group Show of Latino Artists, Art & Design, The New York Times, August 21, 2015 p. c20

Kelly Carrion, Latino Identity Through Self-Portraits: Fascinating New Exhibit, NBC News, July 16, 2015

Liz Tracy, Artist Michael Vasquez Brings Humanity to the Underrepresented, Arts, Miami New Times, June 23, 2015

Anne Tschida, Art Journeys Through the Decaying Worlds of Miami and Cuba,  Arts, KnightBlog, The Knight Foundation, June 22, 2015

Dejha Carrington, Michael Vasquez : Neighborhood Reclamation, Neighbors, Miami-Design District, May 29, 2015

Galena Mosovich, Three Artists Begin Visual Arts Residencies at Miami’s YoungArts, Visual Arts, Miami Herald, April 17, 2015

Terri Weissman, Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,  ArtNexus, No. 96 March - May, 2015

John Coppola, National Portrait Gallery Exhibition focuses on Latino Portraiture, Visual Arts, Miami Herald, December 12, 1014

Anne Tschida and Jane Wooldridge, "For Art Aficionados, A New Wynwood Emerges to the North," Miami Herald, Entertainment, Visual Arts, Art Basel, November 29, 2014

Beth Py-Lieberman, Six Artists In Search of Themselves, At The Smithsonian, Smithsonian Magazine, September 19, 2014

Philip Kennicott, "National Portrait Gallery Exhibit Features An Exploration of Latin Self - Identity," The Washington Post, Museums,  September 18, 2014

Kat Bein, "Little Haiti Country Club Brings Community to Growing Art Scene, Won't Last Forever." Miami New Times, August 19, 2014

Jenny Che, "Self-Portraits Through Other Faces," The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday Aug. 2/3, 2014, Review p. C14

Ricardo Mor, "Little Haiti Country Club Highlights Neighborhood Artists," Miami Herald, August 1, 2014

Heike Dempster, "A Masculinity Essay On Canvas," Rooms Magazine, Issue 14

Carolina Miranda, "Art Talk - What Does Latino Look Like?," ArtNews, Summer 2014, p. 26

Janet Batet, "Michael Vasquez: Ritos de iniciacion y otros fantasmas urbanos.", El Nuevo Herald, March 12, 2012

Anne Tschida, "A New Passage in the Portrait of a Young Artist", Knight Arts, March 6 2012

Diane Vadino, "Gang Star", Nylon Guys, March 2012, p. 52

Esther Park, "Swiss Hit", The Red Bulletin, December 2011, p. 62

Brett Sokol, "Brush Work", Ocean Drive, October 2011, p. 90

Denise Stewart-Sanabria, "Rose Freymuth-Frazier + Michael Vasquez, Chattanooga, TN" , Art Papers, January/February 2011 p. 44

Michael Crumb, "Figuring It Out - and In" , The Pulse Chattanooga , September 30, 2010

Adriana Herrera, "Ritos de Masculinidad en el Arte Contemporaneo" , El Nuevo Herald | August 22, 2010

Hood,John  "The Miami 8", The Sun Post Miami, December 3, 2009 p.13

Jim Wyss, "Gallery View", The Miami Herald, November 2009 p. 16g

Beth Dunlop, "Designed for Art", Metropolitan Home, October 2008 p.141, 145

Monica Khemsurov, "The Hamptons – Beach Scene", Art + Auction, July 2008, p. 33

Adriana Herrera, "Ritos Narrados en la Colección del MOCA", El Nuevo Herald, June 22, 2008,     p.1D

Brett Sokol, "All’s Fair In Art and War", Ocean Drive, May 2008, p. 124

Emma Trelles, "What I Saw At Art Basel", The Sun-Sentinel, December 7, 2007

Ane Wooldridge, Daniel Chang and Fabiola Santiago, "Some Complain of Art Basel’s High Prices", The Miami Herald, December 6, 2007

Michael Vazquez, "150 Things We Love: Signs of Life", URB Magazine, Nov./Dec., 2007, p.79

Alex Schubert, "Aggressive Brushstrokes Give Gang Portraits Power", The Kansas City Star, November 17, 2007

Ashley Brown, "True Gangsta", The Kansas City Pitch, October 4 - 10, 2007, p.10 - 11

Chris Cook, "Michael Vasquez : Authority Figures", Brochure Essay, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, October, 2007

Kelly Crow, "Small Collectors", The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2007, W1

Omar Sommereyns, "Homeboy", 944 Miami Magazine, July, 2007, 55 - 56

Brett Sokol, "The Art of Winemaking", Ocean Drive Magazine, June, 2007, 104

Carlos Suarez De Jesus, "Darkness at Gloom", The Miami New Times, March 1, 2007

Ken Johnson, "Partial Recall", Art In Review, The New York Times, August 18, 2006, E27

Emma Trelles, "Urban Sprawl", The Sun Sentinel, July 30, 2006

Adriana Herrera, "Metro Pictures II", El Nuevo Herald, July 2, 2006, 6D

Elisa Turner, "Metro Pictures", The Miami Herald, May 14, 2 006, 3 M

Tibor Fischer, "Hot Spot", The Guardian Unlimited, December 8, 2005

Enrique Fernandez and Fabiola Santiago, "Miami Makes The Scene", The Miami Herald, November 30, 2005, 1A

Tom Austin, "Wynwood Diary", Miami Street Weekly, July 9, 2004, 23

Omar Sommereyns, "Teen anst redux", Miami Street Weekly, May 14, 2004, 54

Alfredo Triff, "Local Views For Basel", Miami New Times, December 4, 2003, 49

Humberto Guida, "Galleries Galore", Miami New Times, November 27, 2003