“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people”
- Achim Steiner, Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mike Bianco is an artist, curator, researcher, activist, cook, and beekeeper.
Bianco’s art practice is invested in socially engaged art, and focuses on issues of politics, environment, sustainability, community activism, energy decline, and the impending “century of crisis.” Bianco’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, ranging from the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, in Western Australia, to the Kenpoku Art Festival in Ibaraki, Japan.
Bianco has presented his practice at a number of international academic conferences, and has conducted extensive research focused on the subjects of food, craft, and sustainability in locations that range from Oaxaca, Mexico, to Fukushima, Japan.
As a curator, Bianco served as the Curator of New Programs at the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, CA; co-founded Queen’s Nails Projects in San Francisco, CA; founded both the Waypoint Project and MUD gallery in in Marfa, TX; and served as the Associate Curator at Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, TX.
Bianco received his BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Alfred University (2004), an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (2007), an MFA in Art & Design from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan (2015), and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Bianco is also an alumnus of the prestigious Dow Sustainability Fellowship, and the only participant to have ever represented the fields of Art & Design.
PhD - Biological Arts, University of Western Australia, 2019
MFA - Art & Design, University of Michigan, 2015
MA - Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, 2007
BA - Interdisciplinary Arts, Alfred University, 2004
The Guardian: "Cyborgs, ecosexuals and a bed made of bees."
The West Australian: "Sleeping in a bed of bees."