Michael Bartalos was born in Heidelberg, Germany,
and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Pratt Institute (BFA), and Stanford University (MFA).
He works extensively in the graphic arts in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His design commissions include Swatch watches, commemorative stamps issued by
the U.S. Postal Service, and merchandise and display graphics for the California Academy of Sciences’
three retail stores.
Bartalos is the Academy’s first Affiliated Artist. His current project, The Art of Recycling in Antarctica:
The Long View, is facilitated by an Antarctic Artists
and Writers Program grant from the National Science Foundation. The Long View Project blog is hosted exclusively by the California Academy of Sciences, inviting readers to follow the artist’s travels, discoveries, and creations at the crossroads
of art and environmental science.
Bartalos also produces limited print editions and sculptural assemblages, and has created artist’s book editions with the San Francisco Center for the Book, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and Dolphin Press & Print at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His editions are
in private and public collections including those of the Getty Research Center, MoMA, the Walker Art Center, and Yale University.