Michael Koehler was born at the stroke of midnight in the wilds of South Western Pennsylvania. While exploring the ancient rust realm he unearthed a tome filled with long forgotten relics. A narrow brush, finely ground pigments, and a book made from the petrified remains of an old fir tree. Michael brought the materials together to create a world thriving with wizard cults and gangs of fantastic and surreal creatures. He breathes life into them and sets them free to explore, build homes, cause trouble, make art, work, fight, play games, create and worship gods, and develop into whatever creature they choose. 

Michael pulls influence from various folklore, mythology, natural systems, and human behaviors. He works primarily with gouache and acrylic paint.

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2019 9/14/19, Words and Pictures, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA
9/28/19, Janku Land One Year Anniversary, Tacoma, WA
2019 10/25/19, Bleedingham Presents: The Night Gallery, Bellingham, WA
2019 11/9/19, Short Run Comix and Arts Fest, Seattle, WA


2018 Lore of the Lords, Destiny City Comics, Tacoma, WA
2017 Into the Cult Realms, Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop, Seattle, WA
2014 Devil Got a Big Old Butt, Remedy, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Lost, Found, and Somewhere in Between, The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA


2018 Master Blasters, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 The Return of ZA, Spirit, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Artist Mythos, Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2015 Bedtime Stories, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Winter Spirits, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Spring Salon, The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 A Krampus Show, Stuff and Such Society, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 ZA, Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Steel City Secret Cinema, Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Wallspace, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Group Show, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Dia De Los Muertos Y La Resurrecio, Moxie Dada, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Spring Salon, Modern Formations, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Vicious Landscapes, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI
2008 Cannibal Flower 8th Anniversary, The Firehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Bogus Journey, Moxie Dada, with Thad Kellstadt, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Bright and Shiny Holiday, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Numero Uno, AABC Gallery, with Ronnie Hicks, Butler, PA


2018 Mortimer Megazine: "Field Guide to Cults & Gangs"
2018 Dish Rag Magazine: “Caves” 


A Closer Listen, LYNXX ~ The Home of the Headhunter, May 2019

Candy Teeth Radio podcast, May, 2018

Future Tenant, Bedtime Stories,, June 2015

Pittsburgh City Paper, Michael Koehler at moxie DaDA, Bill O’Driscoll, Dec 2009

Pittsburgh City Paper, Bogus Journey, Lisa Brennan, July 2007


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