Michael Mazur (11/02/1935-08/18/2009) was born in New York. He became well known as a printmaker in the late 1960s, and his subjects at that time included household objects, anatomical forms, and figurative images. In the early 1970s Mazur began to experiment with airbrush painting in shades of black, white, and gray. His work at that time reflected his involvement with social and political issues. Recently, he has been working in monotype and painting. In order to create his work, Mazur responds to what he sees and experiences and then moves beyond that to imagination, metaphor, and memory. His prints combine his drawing skills with experimentation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology commissioned Mazur to execute a large monotype triptych (with pastel) entitled "Wakeby Day/Wakeby Night" in 1983. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1964, served on the Massachusetts Council for Arts & Humanities, and has chaired the New Provincetown Print Project. He has been a part of numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S., beginning with his first solo show in 1960. In 2000, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston held "A Print Retrospective," which traveled to various museums, and "Recent Paintings." Mazur's work can be found in the permanent collection of the Sara Roby Foundation, the Mead Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.