Born: 1961, Memphis, Tennessee Education: The Day Studio, San Francisco, CA, 1994-1996


2016 Rebecca Molayem Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art, "Now And Zen", Beverly Hills, CA

2013 Gallery Go Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

Gallery Go Contemporary Art,"Staring At The Sun", Los Angeles, CA

Terrell Moore Gallery, "HOT WAX", Los Angeles, CA

S n P Gallery, "I Like To Burn Things", Los Angeles, CA
Madsen Gallery, "Michael Hayden", Santa Monica, CA

S n P Gallery, “Wax Ecstatic”, Los Angeles, CA
American Rebel, “Recent Paintings: Michael Hayden”, Los Angeles, CA

The Unknown Theater, "The Traveling Show", Los Angeles, CA

The Coffee Table Gallery, "Paintings By Michael Hayden”,Los Angeles, CA



Art With A (re) Purpose, Castelli Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

LA Art Show, Rebecca Molayem Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


LACGC, “Art With A Heart”, Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca Molayem Gallery, “Summer Group Show”, Los Angeles, CA

The Loft At Liz’s, “Black”, Los Angeles, CA

The Loft At Liz’s, “Hold You”, Los Angeles, CA


Art Basel, “Spectrum”, Miami, FL
The Loft At Liz's, "Blue", Los Angeles, CA
LA River Studios, "Cycle Of Life", Los Angeles, CA
Rebecca Molayem Gallery, "Transitions", Los Angeles, CA
EarthWE Gallery, Bergamot Station, "Art Makes Change", Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Museum Of Art, "VisionLA Fest", Santa Monica, CA
Create:Fixate, "Branching Out", Los Angeles, CA
AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art, "Group Show", Beverly Hills, CA
Fifth Column Gallery, "Spring Show", Los Angeles, CA

AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art, "Now And Zen", Beverly Hills, CA
Malibu Design Gallery "Endless Summer", , Malibu, CA
Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Bergamot Station, "Exposed", Santa Monica, CA
BOA SOA Fine Art, "Best Of The West", Los Angeles, CA
Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Bergamot Station "Empowering" Santa Monica, CA

Create:Fixate, "Constellations", Los Angeles, CA
Syrup Loft Gallery, "Environmental Art Show", Los Angeles, CA
EWI Collections, LA Mart, "ART.LIFE", Los Angeles, CA 
LA Art Show, Axiom Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA
Axiom Contemporary/ICON, Beverly Hills, CA
Gallery Go Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Bonham and Butterfield's, “Art Project Los Angeles”, Los Angeles, CA

The Beverly Hilton, "An Evening With Women", Los Angeles, CA
S n P Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

WEHO 25th Anniversary Celebration In Art, West Hollywood, CA
Venice Art Walk And Auction, Venice, CA   
Los Angeles Film Festival, VIP Filmmaker’s Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
Madsen Gallery, “Time Travelers- A 3 Man Show”, Santa Monica, CA Freedom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Black Cat Gallery, Culver City, CA
Los Angeles Film Festival, VIP Filmmaker’s Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Create: Fixate Gallery, "Reunion", Los Angeles, CA
Create: Fixate Gallery"Down To Earth", Hollywood, CA
Pharmaka Gallery, "Small Wonders II", Los Angeles, CA

Create: Fixate Gallery, "LACMA Muse", Los Angeles, CA
Terrell Moore Gallery, "Seven", Los Angeles, CA

Kick Ass Studios Gallery, "Kick Ass Art Show", Los Angeles, CA
Deja Design Gallery "Gravity - The Upward Force", Los Angeles, CA Venice Art Movement United Gallery, “Featured Artist”, Venice, CA
The Hard Rock Café At Universal City Walk "Unity", Hollywood, CA

The Black Cat Gallery, "Vicious", Culver City, CA
Bickett Gallery, "Less Is More", Raleigh, North Carolina
The Black Cat Gallery, "Out Of Tune In June", Culver City, CA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, "Group Show", Los Angeles, CA
The Black Cat Gallery, "$400 And Under", Culver City, CA

Pro Arts Gallery, "Group Show", Oakland, CA


Pro Arts Gallery, “Group Show”, Oakland, CA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS                                              

Josh Bitton, Los Angeles, CA Bertrand & Isabelle LeRoux, Los Angeles, CA
Nan & Brian Helgeland, Los Alamos, CA
Cesar Millan, Los Angeles, CA
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg, New York, NY
Dale & Wendy Voorheis, Naples, FL
Robert Corbin, Newport Beach, CA
Diane Lander-Simon, Los Angeles, CA
Greg Croll, London, UK
Brian Henson, Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Stroup, Los Angeles, CA
Albert Maghbouleh, Los Angeles, CA
P. David & Todd Ebersole Hughes , Palm Springs, CA
Rob & Carol Haymer, Santa Monica, CA
Joel Waxman, Austin, TX
Beverly Shore, Palm Springs, CA
Kyle Voorheis, Charlotte, NC
Aaron Leider, Los Angeles, CA
David Bailey, Beverly Hills, CA
Anil Kumar, Los Angeles, CA
Paola Jean, Los Angeles, CA
Kristoffer Kaufmann, Los Angeles, CA
Scott Vick, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Michael Tome, Los Angeles, CA
Greg Cohen & Robin Reiser, Los Angeles, CA
Jerome & Catherine Kitz McGadney, Oakland, CA
James Massenburg, New York, NY
Stephen Cropper, Atlanta, GA
Josh & Meredith Kaplan Nelson, Santa Monica, CA
David Binder & Daniele Neuharth, Pasadena, CA
Manos & Kelle Selcer-Phoundalakis, Denver, CO
Tom & Rosemary Werner, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Duvert & Didi Wong, Los Angeles, CA
Beth Sherman & Amanda McCauley, Los Angeles, CA
Eric & Andrea Mock, Newport Beach, CA


Vick Law Group, Los Angeles, CA
Sea Street Media Group, Burbank, CA
PennyMac Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Imperial Capitol, London, UK
Keller Williams Realty, Los Angeles, CA
Blue Pacific Medical, Hermosa Beach, CA


The Artist’s Voice, Episode #38 “Michael Hayden” Jerry Hardesty, February 24, 2019 iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio (

VoyageLA Magazine, “Check Out Michael Hayden’s Artwork”, February 11, 2019 (

Agenda Magazine, "From Painter to Painting" Eveline Morel, May 2013

Modern Luxury Interiors-California Magazine, "Cesar Millan's LA Digs", Michael Hayden Art (featured) March 2013, p29

WEHO NEWS, "Michael Hayden's Hot Wax", Sam Bernstein, Vol 7 Issue 22, November 14, 2011
(, "Michael Hayden, Hot Wax- Man On Fire", Emily Turner, September 2011

Fabrik Magazine, "Michael Hayden, A Painter With A Burning Desire", Dale Youngman, Issue 11, Dec-Feb 2011, p.58 

Elle Magazine "Jenny McCarthy Comes Home", Ashley Terrill, December 2010  (

Citizen LA, “Art Spotting”, Andie Villafane, September 2009, p. 13

FlavorPill, "Wax Ecstatic- Editor Pick", Shana Nys Dambrot and Christianne Rey, September 2009

Artween, September 2009

Whole Life Times, "Insight Out", Lucinda Michele Knapp, April 2007, p.72

Rock Center, NBC News - Brian Williams interviews Cesar Millan, Michael Hayden Art- "Playa Del Rey" (featured)

HGTV "Celebrity Homes - Cesar Millan Residence, Studio City, CA", Michael Hayden Art- "Now And Then", "Every Cloud", "Every Which Way To Sunday", "Catchin' Rays" (featured)

"Michael Hayden: HOT WAX", Take 1 Art Series, Eric Minh Swenson, ( 

HGTV Selling LA, “The Artist", Premiere Episode, October 2011, Michael Hayden Art Collection (featured) (

IMAX "Greg MacGillivray's Grand Canyon Adventure: River At Risk”, narrated by Robert Redford, music by Dave Matthew's Band, "Stop And Stare", Michael Hayden 2008 (featured) (

"The Dopler Effect", webisode #8 "Splinter", “Rhubarb”, Michael Hayden 2007 (featured) (

Michael Hayden at Point Dume, Malibu, California

Michael Hayden at Point Dume, Malibu, California


Los Angeles-based painter, Michael Hayden, masterfully uses melted beeswax combined with pigments, oils and resins to create colorful and luminous paintings. Sometimes his use of found objects brings an unexpected sculptural quality to his works of art.

The ancient method of art using molten beeswax and resin is known as encaustic and was started by the Greeks around 4BC. The word “encaustic” is derived from the Greek word “enkaustikos” meaning “to heat or to burn”. The use of tools, such as a torch or heat gun, are necessary to fuse multiple layers of wax one to another. Encaustic art is one of the most archival methods of painting known to man. Pigments suspended in beeswax will never fade.

Inspired by master painters Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn, to name a few, Michael works to create scenes that will invite the viewer to a place of meditation and contemplation. He is often credited for his use of color, especially blue.

Hayden says, “Every painting tells a story. I am inspired by the horizon line and spend a lot of time near the ocean studying colors and shapes from water to sky. The found objects and other materials I use to create what I call ‘encaustic, mixed media paintings’, hold memories of the past. I often imagine that repurposing salvaged artifacts, like wood, metal and crystals, help breathe life into my artworks. I like to think they give each new painting a soul. Finally, the titles are my way of starting a conversation; inviting you into my thought process.. My goal is to encourage you, the viewer, to find a personal connection and bring your own stories and meanings to each one of my creations..”