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Michael Morgan has been making art since he was a little boy. He says he always wanted to be an artist, he just had to figure out how. As a young man, he was lucky enough to attend the North Carolina School of Performing Arts in Winston-Salem. In 1976 he moved to Atlanta to study painting at the Atlanta College of Art (now known as the Savannah College of Art and Design). Since then Morgan has won numerous awards for his artworks.
His work is inspired by his life as an HIV-positive black man living in Atlanta. Morgan strives to shed light on the human drama he sees played out every day: "I see so many things ... little kids playing in the yard to drug dealers on my front steps." It's a world that many people never enter, but Morgan wants them to be aware of it. He wants to show the world how "[we're] dealing with substance abuse and AIDS in my neighborhood [because] I deal with some of the brothers from day to day -- I know them personally. They come from all walks of life. Many of them are very intelligent ... and what happened to them could happen to anyone."