Artist Bio

Michael grew up in Nashville Tennessee, drawing at an early age and often in trouble for drawing in class. He received undergraduate degrees in Painting and Sculpture from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied with David LeDoux and James Gibson.  He later received a scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati and do Graduate work in Sculpture, where he received a Masters Degree.  He received a Teaching Assistantship and later became an Adjunct Faculty in Sculpture there.  Michael soon moved to Santa Fe New Mexico and began designing and building custom homes in the area while continuing with artistic pursuits.  He built Mike Sharber & Associates as his business model for design work, construction, sculpture, and painting   His large studio has full sculptural facilities as well as painting, drawing, and gallery areas.  His work is found in both private and corporate collections.

Juan McCloud   2006


Artist Statement

I have a number of painting venues in process, one line pursues the marks and symbols of early languages, often investigating the Cascajal Text that was recently discovered in Mexico and became the oldest writing found in the Americas.  Often in tandem with the language work is my interest in historical or ancient shelter forms, as a designer and builder of sculptural homes in Santa Fe for many years this interest is now just a natural part of me.

Another painting venue I call the Social Consciousness group, this is a platform where I can make comments about issues I may see on the news or read about.  I have a number of characters I have created to help tell a narrative story.  These characters were originally influenced by the historical carved masks of Central America.

My earlier work used fresco, (gypsum plaster), as a sculptural painting surface, either on paper or board, with incised lines and drawing, along with collage and sculptural surface elements .   I have slowly evolved, for practical reasons of weight, toward a synthetic venetian plaster surface that is much thinner.   This has allowed me to do a series of large paintings, 4’x4’, that are about the Cascajal Text used in what I feel is a landscape arrangement.  I will still use the gypsum on smaller work as it does things that synthetics can not.

My sculpture is often an outreach from the paintings, using the characters and forms in a 3-D relationship, sometimes a story to tell, sometimes just for fun.       

I often seek out the architecture of objects that exist, in a subtle way, just below the surface of normal reality.  The exploration of everyday objects as living things imbued with an energy of their own holds a fascination for me.  There is also a narrative theme and a historical connection between man and myth that interests me.  I study the symbolic forms this relationship has produced, whereas the unknown is brought into a relation with the “known”.

Michael Sharber




1979 Masters Degree in Sculpture, University of Cincinnati, OH
1975 B.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture, M.T.S.U., Murfreesboro, TN


1983 – 2022 Sharber & Associates, Inc., Director, Designers & Builders of fine custom homes, Jupiter Fine Arts Gallery, Gypsy Plaza, Madrid


2022 Two paintings licensed for use in the Amazon movie “One Fast Move”
2021 Public Sculpture erected, Carbondale Public Library, CO
2020 Public Sculpture erected, Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu NM
2020 Public Sculpture erected, Douglas County Library, Denver CO
2019 Public Sculpture erected, Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu NM
2017 Sculpture Installation, Grand Junction CO
2017 Sculpture Installation, Alamosa CO
2016 Two public sculptures erected, Pace Center & City Hall, Parker CO
2014 Southside Library Sculpture installation, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Honorable Mention, Aqueous show, Tubac Center for the Arts, AZ
2011 Award of Excellence, Masterworks Show, Hispanic Art Center, NM
1982 Visiting Artist , Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas
1978 – 1979 Teaching Assistantship, Sculpture Dept., U.C., Cincinnati, OH
1978 – 1979 Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, OH
1977 – 1978 Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, OH


Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Bell Systems, Cincinnati, OH
IBM, Cincinnati, OH
Grace Chemical Co., OH
Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, TN
Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN
Numerous Private Collections


2011 McMahon Gallery, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
2009 Weston Gallery, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
2009 Arte Bella, Santa Fe, NM
1982 Bethany College; Lindsborg, KS
1980 Studio San Giuseppe, College of Mount St. Joseph; Cincinnati, OH
1980 Cincinnati Commission on the Arts Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1979 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition; Tangeman Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
1979 Carnegie Art Center; Covington, KY


2022 Contemporary Abstract Exhibition, Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City MO
2022 Plate Ink Paper Press, Off Ludlow Gallery, Cincinnati OH
2022 Brick by Brick, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2022 The Best, Las Legunas Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
2022 Valentine, Gallerium, Canada
2021 9th Annual Abstract Sanctuary, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland OR
2021 No Justice, No Peace, Wise Gallery, Norfolk State University, Norfolk VA
2021 Spot-On #2, D’art Gallery, Denver CO
2021 Textures & Patterns, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2021 Purely Abstract 2021, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2020 Art In The Time Of Corona, SOS Art, Cincinnati OH
2020 50 & Older Exhibition, Las Lagunas Gallery, CA
2020 Sylvia White Summer Show, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Estas Aqui, NM Arts, Santa Fe NM
2020 The Resilience Project, 516 Arts, Albuquerque NM
2020 Laguna Beach Open, Las Laguna’s Gallery, CA
2019 Passage, Women’s Caucus for Art, Denver CO
2019 Longer Table, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2019 Under the Influences, La Sala, Galisteo, NM
2018 Beginnings, Kat Payge Art, Denver CO
2018 Exquisite Corpse, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2018 All That You Can Imagine, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
2017 Contemporary Abstraction, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
2016 Breaking The Block, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2016 Wish You Were Here, Community Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2016 Ordered Landscape, Adams State University, Alamosa CO
2016 In My Absence, UBE Art, Berkeley CA
2016 Arizona Aqueous XXX, Tupac Center for the Arts, AZ
2016 Abstraction: Diverted Reality, Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly College, MO
2015 Mixed Media, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
2015 Chautauqua National: Strategizing, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
2014 Squared, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 6th Annual Summer Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura CA
2013 Map It, Riverside Arts Center Gallery, Ypsilanti, Michigan
2013 2013 Collector’s Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura CA
2013 Chautauqua National Exhibition, “Crossroads”, Eastern Kentucky University
2013 28th Annual International Exhibition, University of Texas at Tyler TX
2013 Aqueous XXVII, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac AZ
2012 After Dark 2012, Greg Moon Gallery, Taos, NM
2012 Route 66, Albuquerque’s Public Art/Urban Enhancement, 516 Arts, NM
2012 New Mexico Showcase, 516 Arts, Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Chautauqua National, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky U., Richmond, KY
2011 Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2011 Tikkun Olam, Alta Contemporary Art, Tubac, AZ
2011 Summer Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
2011 Mining The Unconscious II, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, S.F., NM
2011 Northern National, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI
2011 13 x 13 Group Exhibition, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Gateway To Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
2011 MasterWorks, Hispanic Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2010 Artists In Dreamland, Poudre River Arts Center, Fort Collins, CO
2010 David LeDoux Memorial Show, Todd Hall Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2010 Monkey Love Show, Jennie Cooley Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Self Portrait Project, Art House/Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY
2010 America’s Paperworks, Northwest Art Center, Minot St. U., Minot ND
2009 Decembuary, Six by Six Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Canyon Road Artists, The Factory Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2009 Scarey Show, Jennie Cooley Gallery, S.F., NM
2009 Vision Shift, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Best Exposed Exhibition, Artworks, Cincinnati, OH
2009 Santa Fe Community Gallery, S.F., NM
2009 Santa Fe City Poster Show, S.F., NM
2009 Exposed Artworks Annual, Artworks, Cincinnati, OH
2008 Day of the Dead Show, Jeanie Cooley Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Drawing the Figure, Johnson’s Gallery, Madrid, NM
2009 Collect: Inside 8 x 8, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2003 College of Santa Fe Sculpture Project; Santa Fe, NM


Michael Sharber
157 Camino Los Abuelos, Santa Fe, NM 87508
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