“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 the politics of ecology, sustainability, and the impending “century of crisis.” Bianco has conducted extensive research in the field of gastroecology, and the intersection of food, craft, and sustainability, in locations that range from Oaxaca, Mexico, to Fukushima, Japan. Bianco exhibits his work internationally, and has been featured in venues that range from the Kenpoku Art Festival in Ibaraki, Japan, to the Science Gallery in London, England.
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."