Born into a family of makers, I have a predisposition to build, both two- and three-dimensionally. My art-making process reflects this urge to make.

My artwork shifts and cycles, but is always linked to the surrounding landscape, which is my ever-present source of inspiration. My language has changed since my move from New York to New Mexico. I am seeing things I never saw before. That doesn’t mean I haven’t looked at them, it means I haven’t seen them.


Now based in Santa Fe, Michael Chandler was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He settled in New York City in the early 80’s, dividing his time between Garrison, New York and Vinalhaven, Maine. He relocated to Santa Fe in 2018.

Chandler’s desire to design and build things has led him down an interesting and productive path. As a custom wood worker, he did projects for David Byrne, Roy Lichtenstein, architect Walter Chatham, and musician Brain Eno. Eno and Chandler subsequently collaborated on a two-man installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA, 1983).

Chandler’s work has been frequently exhibited in Baltimore since the early 1990s, and widely exhibited in places like Stephen Rosenberg Gallery (New York City), Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO), Galerie Philippe de Hesdin, (Paris), and New Era Gallery, (Vinalhaven, ME). His work is in the permanent collection of several museums and galleries, including the Tweed Museum (Duluth, MN).

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