July 9 - July 20, 2018
Read the interview in THE magazine's December 2017 / January 2018 issue.
Interview by Clayton Porter and Lauren Tresp
Michael Bergt was born in a small Nebraska farming community. At the age of five, he decided he wanted to be an artist. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Denver. At nineteen, Michael became friends with a group of artists, Beat poets and late-night coffee-drinkers in lower downtown Denver. Dividing his time between college, odd jobs and painting, his fellow artists encouraged him to "just paint."
In 1978, Michael spent time in San Francisco, where he eventually met the art dealer John Pence who gave him his first major one-man show in 1980. He then moved to the city to work closely with the gallery and produced several exhibitions.
In 1985 he met his future wife, Tamara, a fellow artist, and they decided to move to northern Spain. For three years they lived in an old estate in the country where they were able to pursue a self-directed study in some of the great museums and cultural centers throughout Europe, drawing and painting constantly.
Before returning home in 1988, Michael began a correspondence with Paul Cadmus, a tempera painter he admired greatly. They eventually met, became friends, and with Paul's support, showed together at Midtown Gallery in New York City. Although he settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael was showing his work primarily in New York over a ten-year period.
In 1995, Michael began working with the Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe. He showed with Turner Carroll for twelve years. He then moved to Jane Sauer Gallery where he showed for four years. He is now represented by Nüart Gallery.
In 1997, Siena, his daughter was born. Michael continues to live and work in Santa Fe — doing what he knew he wanted to do since he was five.
In 2007, Michael and Ken Wilber talked about why some viewers of art just seem to "get it" while others don't. The conversation was taped for the Integral Life website Art Galleries section.
You can listen to their conversation with the player at right.