The labor history of my own family informs the social justice aspect of my art work. My maternal grandfather immigrated from Mexico, and raised a family of 9 children while working as a farm laborer. My Father's Father came from Serbia as a teenager and became a carpenter as a career livelihood. I employ an interdisciplinary approach along with process-oriented methods that symbolically or conceptually link labor, materials, and ideas. I’m interested in the artist’s role in responding and contributing to society by developing critical ideas in issues regarding race and class. I want to invent a fresh way to see the disparities in our society that lead to the spiritual diaspora within our borders and contribute to the advancement of ideas that lead to continual growth and change.
Michael Pribich grew up in Northern California and has lived in New York City since 1990. He received an MFA degree from Hunter College, New York, and BA degree from Sacramento State University in California. He has completed projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California. Projects and exhibitions in 2015-2016 include: Travel and study in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, solo exhibitions; Labor Days, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY, Centerfield, Webb School, Knoxville, Tn.; group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mocad, Detroit, Orange County Cultural Center and Flux Art Fair, NY. He was an artist resident at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala Mexico, and Jentel Residency in Sheridan, Wy.
In addition to his art career he has worked as an art handler, artist in the prison, waiter, logger, forest firefighter and salmon cannery worker. He received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and Fulbright Award to former Yugoslavia.