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Michael Bergt was born in a small Nebraska farming community. At the age of five, he decided he wanted to be an artist. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Denver. At nineteen, Michael became friends with a group of artists, Beat poets and late-night coffee drinkers in lower downtown Denver. Dividing his time between college, odd jobs and painting, his fellow artists encouraged him to "just paint."
In 1978, Michael spent time in San Francisco, where he painted and eventually met the art dealer John Pence who gave him his first major one-man show in 1980. He then moved to the city to work closely with the gallery, and produced several exhibitions.
Before returning home in 1988, Michael began a correspondence with Paul Cadmus, a tempera painter he admired greatly. They eventually met, became friends, and with Paul's support, showed together at Midtown Gallery in New York City. Although he settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael was showing his work primarily in New York over a ten-year period.
In 1995, Michael began working with the Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe. He showed with Turner Carroll for twelve years. He then moved to Jane Sauer Gallery where he showed for four years. He is now represented by Nuart Gallery where a solo exhibition is scheduled for July 12 - 28, 2013.
In 1997, Siena, his daughter was born. Michael continues to live and work in Santa Fe—doing what he knew he wanted to do since he was five.
Michael was the artist of the month for June 2007 at Integral Life. His interview with Ken Wilber, "Crossing Lines: States, Structures and the I of the Beholder," and selected images are available at the Integral Life website.
The catalog of Michael's Arnot Museum mid-career retrospective, Michael Bergt: Crossing Lines, is now available. See Prints for more information, and also for information on the Santa Fe Opera 50th Anniversary Season poster created by Michael.