Michael Leslie Brewster
1946 · United States
Michael Leslie Brewster was born in Oregon in 1946 and was raised as an ‘expat’ child in Brazil. He graduated from a Sao Paulo high school where he developed a love of the theatre and set design. In 1964, he returned to the United States and attended Pomona College earning a B.A. in sculpture. Brewster then obtained his M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate School in 1970. Following graduation, he lived in Claremont, then Santa Ana, and then for 40 years in two Venice studios.
As an artist, Brewster’s forty years of acoustic works have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and outdoor sites from Southern California to New York, Italy, and Australia. He was recognized with multiple NEA Grants over the years and as a Guggenheim Foundation fellow in 1998. His works are part of the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the Giuseppe Panza Collection. Three of his sound installations are on permanent display in the Panza/FAI Villa in Varese, Italy.