After pursuing dual careers in biochemistry and weaving, Michael F. Rohde left behind his job as director of a biotechnology research lab in 1998 to devote full time to his work.
Weaving has been a fervent activity since 1973. Michael primarily creates flat woven fiber pieces as well as vessel forms. He enjoys working with this medium, having been drawn to the possibilities of relationships between subliminal texture and the interaction of light and color.
His formal training in drawing, color and design came from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Over the years, Michael has taught, conducted lectures and workshops as well as organize and jury shows. He has exhibited his work in many local, national and international juried and invited shows.
Recent work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, an exhibit at the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing, Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibit at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania), an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego and the permanent collections of the Mingei and The Arts Institute of Chicago.
Photos by Andrew Neuhart