Michael

Michael Breyette

Michael Breyette

Originally from remote upstate New York near the Canadian border, Michael can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw or paint.  When he was a teenager he satisfied his fascination with the male physique by painting muscular heroes in fantasy or sci-fi settings.  However he attempted to avoid too many questions about his sexuality by often including a buxom female character as well. Michael never expected his pastime of drawing and painting would become a career.  Born and bred in a conservative and rural area, being openly gay didn't even seem a possibility, let alone having an artistic career that indulged in homoerotica.  It wasn't until moving away many years later that Michael was able to open up and be the man and the artist that he is today.   
 
Upon moving to a more progressive region of the USA, his artwork, which had been selftaught and a lifelong hobby, blossomed and evolved as he began expressing his true self on his drawing board as well as in his life.  His infatuation for the male form took his art in a more self-expressive direction. During this same period he transitioned from oils to soft pastels.  Thus began his journey of creating beautiful masculine paintings primarily with fingers, and as he refers to pastels, “colorful dust.” 
 
While attractive athletic male physiques are a cornerstone of his work he thinks of the figures he creates not as the focus but as messengers of moments, ideas, and emotions he’s wishing to express.  
 
Two collections of his work have been published Summer Moved On (2007) and Seasons of
Love (2011).  In 2013 he was featured in and on the cover of the book “Capolavoro di Uomo” a masterful collection of contemporary artist work in the male figurative genre. His works have been featured is several other anthologies, on book covers, in numerous international magazines and he holds the distinction of having the only illustrated cover in the history of ‘[2]’ magazine.  In 2009 he won the fine art category in the Erotic Signature global competition.  He spent many years at the renowned Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown MA and is now represented by leading male figurative Gallery XO in Wilton Manors FL. In 2014 his work was on display in an exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York
City and in the book that evolved from the exhibit "Stroke: From Under the Mattress to Out in the Open". 
 
Michael has gone back to a rural setting in the mountains of Vermont to live and to continue dreaming up his warm scenes of hope, joy, lust, even whimsy, inhabited by an enchanting array of men he creates with his fingers and colorful dust.