Niv Bavarsky selected Michael Olivo as someone who is inspiring him now. Michael is a illustrator and comic book artist who has collaborated with Niv (see the God-Dog gif above):
Photo of Niv by Nick Iluzada
I chose to write about my friend & collaborator Michael Olivo because he always finds some way to surprise me, with his ideas and with his work. When we met and started making drawings together in late 2011, I was surprised to discover that his previous focus had been video art and that he was returning to drawing after a period of being disenchanted with it. Michael’s drawing language seemed so innate and natural that I’d never have expected that.
Over the years I’ve watched him take on intense comic book projects, very unusual takes on established genres – a completely Olivo-esque homicide detective story, twisted sci-fi, etc, big murals in the US, Mexico, Italy, animations, ceramics, and recently, tapestries. When enamel pins became a popular commodity within the alt comix scene, he declared to me that he “wanted to change the pin game”, and made a two-tier pin connected with a swinging chain. Michael wants to do everything, and he wants to do it his way, and it’s really fun to watch.
Michael works and lives like no one else I know. He’s constantly questioning and searching, asking probing questions, forcing you to search and question along with him. As a collaborator, he is both sensitive and demanding – he doesn’t let his friends off the hook in critique, which is extremely valuable. I always look forward to the next big surprise.