Michael D'Antuono's Art And Response

Parents outraged after students asked to participate in controversial assignment

January 6th, 2016

DAYTON, Nev.  — One Nevada high school is prompting an apology from the school district after parents were upset their children were asked to view a controversial image for a writing assignment.

The painting used for the assignment is entitled, “A Tale of Two Hoodies.” The artist, Michael D’Antuono, claims to be one of the most controversial artist in the world.
Workman believes the teacher was attempting to provoke students to pick a side and make an argument.  (more…)


December 11th, 2015


An artist and activist known for visually beautiful and harrowing pieces that question the status quo is taking to the Baltimore streets to challenge police officers to “restore the trust of their communities.”

Michael D’Antuono — whose controversial A Tale Of Two Hoodies, inspired by the racial profiling that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, went viral — is back with his latest painting, It Stops With Cops. (more…)


October 8th, 2015


As America continues to grapple with its ongoing racial tensions, artists from all genres have expressed their their individual angst with the constant police brutality happening in predominately black and brown communities across the country.  (more…)

American Artist Tackles Race In America In Shocking New Painting

August 18th, 2015


D’Antuono completed his painting “The Talk,” seen below, so it would be available for public viewing in time for Martin Luther King Day. The controversial painter has had to cancel art shows and once decided to remove one of his paintings, “The Truth,” from New York’s Union Square Park after some people found its religious images offensive. Many of D-Antuono’s paintings are also critical of the media and American government. (more…)

Audio Interview on Talk Radio News Service

April 23rd, 2015

(TRNS) – American contemporary artist Michael D’Antuono spoke with TRNS about his newest painting “The Talk,” as well as his other profoundly politically and socially driven works.

“The Talk” depicts a black mother and father looking at their young son pensively while a TV screen in the background shows the photo of a now deceased smiling black boy beside a white police officer with the words “No Indictment In Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Youth” set along the bottom of the television screen.

“It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches. Contrast that progress to 2014, which saw police officers in several cities killing unarmed African Americans without risk of indictment. I doubt that Dr. King would have ever dreamed that in 2015, African American parents would still find it necessary to warn their young sons about the dangers of being black in America,” the painting’s caption reads.

Vibe | Artist Michael D’Antuono Depicts ‘The Talk’ Black Parents Have With Their Son About Police

January 20th, 2015


By: Shenequa Golding

Black mothers and fathers across the country at some point have had to have “the talk” with their sons, to teach them how to act when encountering police, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Artist Michael D’ Antuono created a powerful painting portraying what many African-American parents experience when trying to explain to their sons the gross injustice surrounding the killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice or the many other young black men killed by the hands of law enforcement. (more…)