Michael Pittman was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memorial University (2001), and a research-led Masters degree in painting from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland (2006). With a studio practice based in Newfoundland, his paintings explore hidden histories, specific places, and memory. The works are often introspective and highly subjective, frequently referencing the physical environment, folklore, and history of his home province.
In 2012, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in Newfoundland curated a solo exhibition of his artwork entitled “Michael Pittman: Haunted Half” comprised of over 5 years of the artist’s visual explorations. In 2013, Pittman was long-listed for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, and in 2014 his work was included in a comprehensive exhibition of Contemporary visual art from Newfoundland and Labrador at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. Pittman’s work was shown in Venice, Italy in 2017 as part of the Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi collection at the 2017 Venice Biennale. In 2018-19, his work was featured in “Future Possible”, an exhibition that juxtaposed historic art and views of Newfoundland and Labrador with contemporary perspectives and practices – a two-part series that is expected to result in a major publication, marking the first comprehensive art history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Michael Pittman has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and his works are held in many private and public collections, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, the City of St. John’s, the Waterford Institute of Technology, and Memorial University.