Michael Athanasius Hanna grew up and spent many years in Jersey City, New Jersey, and has been drawing and painting since the age of eight. He has exhibited extensively in the Northeastern United States and has been featured in large exhibition spaces such as the Victoria Gallery in Paterson, NJ, and the Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ. Notable shows include a solo exhibit in Chelsea at the Wix Gallery and a one-year exhibit at Hogarth Worldwide in midtown Manhattan. Michael has been published by the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Daily Record, Jersey Journal, and other publications. His work has been written about by curators with his paintings being described by Anne Murray as a "reinstatement of painting as a force of action and reaction in contemporary society...a restorer, reawakening a painting as if it had long been in a state of slumber". Michael works out of his historic art studio located in Northern Georgia.