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b. 1969

Born in Kenmore, NY. Michael lives and works Nashville, TN.


Mercyhurst University, Bachelors of Arts Degree in Fine Arts 1991


I have come to a realization about myself and my art. I am impatient and I have need for instant gratification. I get frustrated with time consuming traditional techniques and want to skip ahead to the end. It is for these reasons that I am a series artist. I like to experiment with new ideas until I am satisfied with the result then I move on to a new one. Sometimes the result can lead the next series. The inspiration for a lot my work is in the trying of the new techniques. Having freedom of expression and not being limited to one style of making art are paramount to my identity as an artist. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2023 Outlier, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN

2019 Cognizant, 100 Taylor Arts Collective, Nashville, TN
2018 Heft, 100 Taylor Arts Collective, Nashville, TN
2017 Free Radicals, The Closet Gallery, Nashville, TN
2016 Limbic, Channel To Channel Gallery, Nashville, TN
2014 Liquid, 40AU Gallery, The Arcade #44, Nashville, TN
2014 Gleam, An Illuminated Art Show, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Adhesion, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2013 Lust, Featured Artist, Nero’s, Green Hills, TN
2012 THIS!, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN
2012 HALT!, Picture This Gallery, The Arcade #44, Nashville, TN
2011 Ebb, Fifty Forward, Donelson Station, Nashville, TN
2010 Flagrant! Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN

Selected Art Fairs
2020 ART3F Paris Expo, January 31 - February 2, Paris, France
2019 Pavi Art Talent, 23 - 24 November 2019 Pavia, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024 Prince Street Gallery, 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, NY

2023 Dead Ringers, Donelson/Hermitage Artists Present, Party Foul, Nashville, TN

2018 Small Work Show 2018, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Semiotics: Rhetoric of an Artwork, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 The Healing Power of Art, Liquid Art House, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston, MA
2017 4x4 Artist Grid October, bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2017 Priority Mail Art Summer Biennial, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Spring Fever Invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2016 The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2015 Lyricism, Corvidae Collective Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Untitled’s Final Show! UNDONE, 506 Events Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 YOUnite Tour Global Art Movement Exhibition, The Viridian, Nashville, TN
2013 Black n’ White Group Show, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, Group Show, New York, NY
2012 NSPCC Auction at the The Merchant, Belfast, UK
2012 Untitled’s Fall Show, Full Tilt, Corsair Artisan, Nashville, TN
2012 First Friday, Franklin, TN Art Crawl, Damico Art Gallery, Franklin, TN
2012 Untitled’s Summer Show, Hot Mess, at Welcome To 1979!, Nashville, TN
2012 The Dead Don’t Count, The Front, Nashville, TN
2011 Untitled’s Winter Show, Antifreeze, Nashville, TN
2011 Art at the Ivory, The Ivory Belfast, Belfast, UK
2011 Blue Moves Deep Blue, Darkhorse Theater, Nashville, TN
2011 Junk or Genius Exhibition, Gallore Gallery, Middletown, CT
2011 Subject to Change, Untitled Spring Show, Nashville, TN
2011 Skulls Art Show, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Xmas Xhibition at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, UK
2010 Dia De Los Muertos, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Mix Box at The Black Box, Belfast, UK
2010 Plowhaus Day of the Dead, Talula Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Art Prize, Purple East, Grand Rapids, MI
2010 Sorry I Arted, Untitled’s Summer Show, Nashville, TN


“Michael Grine‘s Liquid will spill through 40AU this month. Grine’s works can be thought of as process-based abstract 3D paintings, or perhaps colorful, painterly sculptures. Here, the artist is experimenting with material distortions of paint and plastic resin, emphasizing both the decision-making aspect of art-making, but also the art of the accident.” excerpt from - “October’s First Saturday event is scary-good” Nashville Scene: October 2014

“...Most of Grine’s paintings in acrylic on wood panel or canvas are intimate in size and possessed of an almost primitive-seeming purity of intention akin to homespun American abstract pioneers like Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe... At this late date in post modern art history, these qualities imbue his paintings with a refreshing sense of integrity. Since no two of his compositions resemble one another, one could never accuse Grine of cultivating a logo-like “signature style,” for the art market. Rather, he embarks on each painting as though inventing abstract art all over again with each new composition... Always a little offbeat, Michael R. Grine’s paintings exemplify the freewheeling essence of the New Abstraction.” - excerpt from - Byron Coleman - Gallery & Studio Magazine - Jun/Jul/Aug 2013 - Vol. 15 No. 5

“...[Michael Grine’s] new exhibit, Halt!, at Picture This on 5th in The Arcade is kind of a big deal for the artist. Grine’s work features thick layers of painterly abstraction poised between the purposeful composing of graphic design and the artist’s obvious attraction to let-it-fly, paint-splatter expressionism.” - excerpt from - Joe Nolan - - May 17, 2012 - Today’s Critic’s Pick

Nashville Arts Magazine, Spotlight, Page 17, May 2012
Gallery & Studio Magazine, Jun/Jul/Aug 2013, Vol. 15 No. 5, Byron Coleman: “The Postmodern Abstraction of Michael R. Grine”

Black Cat 2013 16”x20” acrylic on canvas
Pink Rose 2012 12”x12” acrylic on canvas
Maiden Wax 2012 9.25”x12” acrylic on wood
Double U 2011 24”x36” acrylic on canvas
Struck 2011 24”x48” acrylic on canvas

Works held in private collections in:

Arc-lès-Gray, France

Anzin-Saint-Aubin, France

Augsburg, Germany

Auray, France

Blois, France

Bordeaux, France

Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Carignan-de-Bordeaux, France

Cattenom, France
Champaign, IL

Chapel Hill, NC
Coarraze, France

Colchester, United Kingdom

Courbevoie, France
Court-Saint-Etienne, Belgium
Detroit, MI
Doha, Qatar

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Fujisawa, Japan

Geneva, Switzerland

Guémené-Penfao, France
Irvine, CA
Jersey City, NJ

Liège, Belgium

London, United Kingdom
Long Island, NY
Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, Kentucky

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Matran, Switzerland
Martainville-Epreville, France

Maurepas, France

McKinney, TX
McLean, Virgina

Mèze, France

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Montélimar, France

Munich, Germany

Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Paris, France
Plessé, France

Prades-le-Lez, France

Publier, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Reims, France

Rochdale, United Kingdom

Saint Étienne du Bois, France

Saint Maur des Fossés, France

Stamford, CT
Urbana, IL

Valencia, Spain
Vöhringen, Germany

Washington, DC

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