Michael Cline (b.1973 Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA) works in painting, drawing and sculpture. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from the University of North Florida, he now lives and works in New York City, New York.
Michael Cline’s paintings of people embroiled in the imaginary day to day experiences of American poverty fuse elements of surrealism and traditional realism. His work engages contemporary social critique, sometimes hinting at satire, in which ambiguous narratives are supported by poignant details, obscuring as much as they reveal. There is a subtle sense of turmoil present in Cline's loosely defined narratives. Often forlorn and down on their luck, the characters in Cline's paintings are exposed in private moments, providing the viewer with a voyeuristic glimpse into lives on the fringe of society.