Mickael Broth is Richmond-based artist, muralist, and writer. Broth came to Richmond in 2001 with the intention of painting graffiti as much as possible. His involvement in vandalism was halted abruptly with his arrest in 2004 and subsequent ten-month jail term for his crimes. Since that time, he has gone on to pursue an active (and mostly legal) career in the arts.
He was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2008 for his gallery work which has been shown in museums, galleries, and abandoned buildings across the country. He has painted murals throughout Richmond and the United States over the past decade as part of public art projects and private commissions. In 2016, Broth received international acclaim for his “dancing” Bernie Sanders mural in Richmond. It was seen by over 1.5 million viewers on Imgur in less than a week and was shared widely through social media.
In 2013 he published a three part memoir entitled Gated Community: Graffiti and Incarceration, detailing his experiences in the justice system.
Broth has been an active member of the community, working with youth art groups, as well as leading groups of corporate volunteers through public art projects, in addition to contributing work to multiple non-profit organizations. Broth is the co-founder of Welcoming Walls, a project dedicated to bring public art to the highways and gateways of Richmond Virginia in an effort to boost civic pride, tourism, and the city’s reputation as a capital of creativity.