Michael Murphy is an American artist and inventor known for his Perceptual Art. He lives and works in New York City. He studied sculpture at Kent State University in Ohio. Murphy created his first permanent public art work at the age of twenty three.
He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after which he moved to New York City. Murphy continued to pursue his career in creating commissioned artworks while teaching Art and Technology in Universities for thirteen years. He left his tenured teaching post in 2013 to devote his time exclusively to creating art.
Michael is best known for pioneering his unique style of art-making that is referred to as Perceptual Art. His technique, with a primary emphasis on the viewer’s perception, is best described as “illusions of images rendered in three dimensional space”.
Some of his most notable works are Gun Country, The Immigrant, his works created for Michael Jordan, his portraits of Barack Obama, and his two hundred foot wide centerpiece sculpture at Google Playa Vista. Currently he is creating large scale commissioned permanent works, television commercials, brand activations, and his personal more experimental work.