From depicting the coastal light of New England to the gritty, industrial Midwest, Michael Zigmond’s still lifes and landscapes have a common thread running through them all: capturing the illusive and often ephemeral quality of light itself. Zigmond has been labeled a photorealist, a hyperrealist and a contemporary realist, but he eschews these labels. “I’m a painter”, he says. “I use what’s around me. I try to get the viewer to stop and recognize the beauty around them they might be too busy to notice in their everyday lives.” This simple philosophy has guided him for three decades as an artist and contributed to a remarkable consistency in his work.
Zigmond was born in the Midwest in 1962 and studied drawing under Thomas Hilty at Bowling Green State University, where he earned a BFA in 1984. It wasn’t until he relocated to Boston after graduating that he became truly serious about painting. Though currently back in the Midwest, he considers New England his spiritual home. He is represented by several galleries throughout the United States, and his paintings can be found in hundreds of private and corporate collections throughout the world.