Q: Tell us about your practice

A: My current work revolves around my past, my family, and my everyday experiences. Recently I've been reflecting on my time growing up on military bases and the transitions that come with moving every couple of years.

Q: Your work does a great job of representing a sense of home and a particular tenderness to the smaller moments of domestic life. Curious if you’ve seen your approach to this change over the pandemic where home was our whole world?

A: When I lost access to my studio at school I started working from a small garage attached to my apartment. The scale shifted to fit the space and I was working smaller than usual.
I continued to paint what was going on in my apartment with my wife, the crowdedness of the space was amplified when we started working from home. As soon as I got my studio back I wanted to do something different so I stretched an 8ft canvas and started painting an outdoor scene. 


Q: What has been inspiring you lately?

A: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, the reflections on growing up and beginning to understand certain systems that affected your life trajectory. Smino's wordplay. Graceina Samosir's drawings. Family photos.


Q: What's next for you?

A: I have an upcoming solo show with RULE gallery in July, and my first international solo show with Taymour Grahne Projects in London this fall.


"I was first introduced to Mikey’s work through his show with Taymour Grahne last year. Growing up as a Filipino American, I was able to relate to Mikey’s work immediately. In his work, I admire how Mikey can capture ordinary moments into something so beautiful. “Laundry Day” is a work we have in our home and it portrays a simple act of folding laundry but painted in a magical ambiance with the sunlight piercing through the blinds and striking parts of the room and the woman."


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