Michael was born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a BFA from Memphis State University and MFA from the University of Houston. In 1983, he began working with Jack Massing as part of the duo The Art Guys, a collaboration that spanned more than 35 years. The Art Guys presented hundreds of exhibitions, performances, lectures and other activities throughout the United States, Europe and China, and their work has been covered in all media. Michael died in Houston on October 19, 2019, from complications following emergency surgery for an aortic dissection. He was 63. 

Influential Houston Artist and "Art Guy" Michael Galbreth, 1956 - 2019

by Christina Rees, Glasstire, 10/21/2019

Art Guys Legend Michael Galbreth Dies

by Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, 10/21/2019

Michael Galbreth, Member of the Houston Duo The Art Guys, Dies

by Dan Singer, Dallas Morning News, 10/23/2019

Michael's obituary from the Houston Chronicle [LINK]

photo by Molly Glentzer
"Michael Galbreth interprets the world differently than most of us."
                                                               - The Houston Chronicle, 1987