Michael Mogavero received his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He was a professor of painting in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Since that time, his solo exhibitions have been held at Holly Solomon Gallery and Ruth Siegel & Oscarson Siegaltuch Galleries in New York, Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich in Munich, Germany, Gallery Corrine Hummel in Basel, Switzerland, Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Co-Lab Projects in Austin, Texas.
Group exhibitions include 200 Years of Drawing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Back To the USA (survey exhibition of Contemporary American art which traveled throughout Europe).
Public collections of his work include AT&T, The Prudential Insurance Company, the Walker Art Center, the Till Richter Museum in Bugenhaggen, Germany, Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, New Jersey. and the Lowe Museum of Art in Miami, Florida.