Michael Certo has been an active artist and curator in New Mexico for the last 30 years. As an artist he has exhibited his mixed media paintings and sculptures in over 25 group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Japan. He is well known for his use of industrial materials (concrete, plaster, wax, and found objects) and experimental processes in painting.
In addition, he founded the ARC Gallery in 1995 which evolved into the Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center [AC]2 in the year 2000, and has served as it's chief curator of exhibitions. [AC]2 is a regional leader in experimental, contemporary art and has exhibited over 500 artists in 150 exhibitions and counting...
International Joint Art Exhibition. Shin Gallery. Hiroshima, Japan. 1997.
43rd Hiroshima Peace Exhibition: Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan. 1997.
Anacrolith. Two person exhibition. ARC Gallery. Albuq. N.M. 1997.
The Paternity Series. Two person exhibition. ARC Gallery. Albuq. N.M. 1998.
ILK to ARC/ ARC to ILK. Group exhibition. ILK Gallery. Denver, CO. 1998.
Series Albino. Two person exhibition. ARC Gallery. Albuq. N.M. 1999.
Fort 105 Holiday Exhibition. Group show. Fort 105. Albuq. N.M. 1999.
The Downtown Windows Project. Installation. Downtown. Albuq. N.M. 2000.
Foundground. Two person exhibition. Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center. 2001.
2nd Coarse, Two person exhibition with Ben Todd. Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center. 2002.
Tenuous Flux: An Unpronounceable Vibration, Two person exhibition with Tara Massarsky. [AC]2 Gallery. 2003.
Margins of Privilege, Group show, Out Cho'nda Gallery. January, 2004.
That's Amore, Group show, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, 2004.
Figure/ Ground, Two person show. Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, 2004.
40 Years to Silence, Solo show, 20 year retrospective of the artists work. 2006-7.
Annual Silent Auction & Art Exchange, Group show, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, December, 2007.
Standard Debut, Group Exhibition. Invited as a guest artist. 105 Studios, May-July 2008.
Canyonland Series, Solo Exhibition. InPost Artspace. Outpost Performance Space, October-November, 2009.
The Art of Sensuality, Group Exhibition, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, February-March, 2010.
Drawn to Painting, Group Exhibition, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, November 2010.
Re-Visions, Solo Exhibition, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, July 23- August 21, 2011.
Annual 12 x 12 Harwood Art Center Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, ABQ.
December 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020.
Potluck, Group Exhibition, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, September 30- October 28, 2017.
Confusionite Sediment, Two person exhibition with David D'Agostino, [AC]2 Gallery, October 12- November 10, 2019.