A nationally recognized contemporary fiber artist and leader in arts education, Michael Sylvan Robinson earned an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2008), and has a B.A. from Bennington College (1989) with an emphasis in dance and drama. He is the Head of Arts at the Poly Prep School in Brooklyn. Originally a costume designer and performance artist, his fiber art/mixed media work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions including the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and as a semi-finalist (2010) for the prestigious Sondheim Prize in Baltimore.
As a contemporary fiber artist, my pieces begin with textiles selected for elaborate patterns that are then overworked with labor-intensive hand stitching and beadwork, buttons, costume jewelry, found objects, and appliquéd pieces. Originally a costume designer and performance artist, my work includes two-dimensional works, sculptural pieces and installation in which the question of scale is heightened by an intricate surface detail that draws the audience/viewer inwards from a larger conceptual structure. My aesthetic is defined by an original use of color and pattern, an obsessive fetish quality that creates an almost gruesome or garish beauty, subversively providing a surreal perspective to what is primarily a decorative art style.