Me: So, what do you think of my paintings?
Arthur Danto: You should do more performance art.
Originally from South Pasadena, California, Michael Rippens earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and has exhibited his paintings, installations, films, conceptual work and performances in Los Angeles, New York City and internationally. Highlights include solo shows at Pehr Space in Echo Park, New York’s School of Visual Arts and Gallerie in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include shows at Cynthia Broan Gallery and Artists Space in New York City, Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL and Lifebomb Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Michael attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center as well as the nomination-only Acadia Summer Art Program in Acadia, Maine (where he was seated next to Arthur Danto one time at a dinner party).
During his time in Brooklyn, Michael exhibited with Open Ground, an artist collective based in Williamsburg and was a founding member of the multi-media collaborative art team, D.e.M.O. While working at the non-profit art education organization, Studio in a School, he organized numerous shows promoting other artists living and working in NYC. Most notable among these was the exhibition "See Something / Say Something" at Michael's short-lived, Brooklyn-based, pop-up gallery, Lefferts Space.
Michael currently lives in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.