coming soon from Six Gallery Records

Mythological Chaos - Valerie Kuehne on Cello and Michael Hafftka on Guitar, Synth and Marimba.

Dyad - a fretless guitar dialog between two artists, Victor Grinenco and Michael Hafftka

Yellow Back Radio Break-Down - a duet of Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax and Michael Hafftka on electric guitar
Michael Hafftka is a visual artist and composer whose work has been written about perceptively and generously. Sam Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University, and John Caldwell, Curator at the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, in their catalogue introductions to Hafftka’s shows at the DiLaurenti Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University and The Housatonic Museum of Art, explore Hafftka’s rich and complex relationship with his chosen masters in the Western tradition as well as highlighting his striking skill and originality as a painter.

Hafftka was born in Manhattan in 1953. In 1973, when the Yom Kippur War broke out, he volunteered to work on a Kibbutz in Israel and there he began to paint. In 1975 he returned to New York. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

In the early eighties Hafftka was commissioned to do a number of book covers for Urizen Books. This lead to the publication by Guignol Books of both Michael Hafftka - Selected Drawings and Art of Experience - Experience Of Art, an extended critical essay. In the early eighties Hafftka was commissioned to do a number of book covers for Urizen Books. This lead to the publication by Guignol Books of both Michael Hafftka - Selected Drawings and Art of Experience - Experience Of Art, an extended critical essay.

In 1982 Barbara Flynn of Art Galaxy offered Hafftka his first one-person show. Among the galleries in New York at which he has subsequently had one person shows are the Rosa Esman Gallery, the Aberbach Gallery, the Mary Ryan Gallery and the DiLaurenti Gallery. His work has also been extensively shown elsewhere both in the US and abroad. Michael Hafftka's music can be heard on Feeding Goats on Defective Chords.
Hafftka’s work is in the collections of:
Museum of Modern art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
New York Public Library Collection, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, TX
Arizona State University Art Museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Michael Hafftka joined enigmatic and reclusive outsider musician Sterling Smith of Jandek and played two sets in his only performance in NY in years. On March 23, 2012 Hafftka on lead guitar and March 26,2012 Hafftka on bass and marimba. Spin magazine proclaimed Jandek as one of "the ten most interesting musicians of the 1980s." Kurt Cobain famously remarked, "He's not pretentious, but only pretentious people like his music," and a tribute album, Naked In the Afternoon, was released in 2000 boasting renderings by Low, Thurston Moore and Bright Eyes.
See review in the Village Voice