Mike Cantwell was born in Columbus, Ohio. He started drawing at the age of three. His favorite early subject matter was airplanes. He graduated from Bishop Watterson H.S. in 1975.
He earned his BFA in studio art from the University of Notre Dame, winning the Jacques Gold Medal of Fine Art. He studied under Douglas Kinsey, Donald Vogl, and Fr. James Flanagan. He then was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at University of South Florida, where he was mentored by Theo Wujcik. Wujcik and Cantwell created a punk art movement called "MODODADO." The initial group,"The Four Alternatives," consisted of Wujcik and three graduate students: Cantwell, Kahn and Wilder, who caught the attention of New York Pop artists Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. Rosenquist participated in the Mododado Dog Days Exhibition/Event at the "K-9 Corridor" July of 1980 in Tampa, Florida.
Cantwell went on be an Artist-in-Education for Volusia County Arts Council, grant-funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. There, he collaborated with the late photographer, Doug Brown (1951-1999). Cantwell, while in Florida, participated in regional exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art, Artists Alliance Gallery, Gulf Coast Arts Center, Deland Museum of Art, Daytona Museum of Arts and Science, as well as Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame, and the Ormond War Memorial Museum before moving to the Washington DC area.
Cantwell worked as an illustrator for Versar Inc. from 1984 to 1988, then became art director and lead animator for Industrial Training Corporation. Currently, he is a Professor of Art and Progam Coordinator for Computer Art & Animation at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. He is also the corporate artist for Hard Times Cafe, creating illustrations, designs and wall murals. He is an active painter who has shown his work and won awards in regional juried and invitational exhibitions including: Washington Project for the Arts, Rockville Arts Place, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, Greater Reston Arts Center, and Anton Gallery. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Catholic University (Washington DC), Adler Gallery (Baltimore), and Montgomery College (Rockville). Recent exhibits include a two man show "THICK" with Baltimore artist Pat O'Brien, and Painters and Poets International: "The UK meets The USA" simultanious exhibits in the USA and in England. He was the coordinator of the US artists and Sam Hurst was the coordinator of the US poets.
His current work is neoabstract. The paintings are on canvas layered with heavy impasto to create a dynamic three-dimensional surface. Subject inspiration shifts from the figure to landscape, from microbes to atomic strings. Some influences: Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Schiele, Matisse, Pollock, Diebenkorn, Pousette-D'Art, de Kooning, and Richter.
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