Artist Statement




San Francisco conceptual artist Michael Zheng is in town for his project Artist for Hire. He will be available for hire to anyone, to do anything they ask of him (to be agreed upon by both parties beforehand) for one day each. During the 24 hours, he is both at the service and the mercy of the hirer. Reciprocally, both parties will be facing the existential issues this brings forth. The artist is not asking for monetary compensation. However, he does ask that his basic needs are covered and that he can take documentation of the project to be presented at a later date. 

The project stems from the artist’s conviction that the experience of art, as with any experience, becomes “magical” only when you decide to open your consciousness to it. And, more often than not, those moments unfold or surprise in everyday situations and spaces.  As such, he intends to instigate such experiences that might be meaningful to you.

Zheng believes a primary function of the contemporary artist is to be a catalyst for these unforeseen and moving experiences. While the seminal artist Bruce Nauman might have been ambivalent when he said, “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths,” Zheng is running with the banner with absolute conviction.  

Michael Zheng worked as an entrepreneur and computer programmer before he became an artist. He brings with him a plethora of skills, experiences and baggage, all of which to draw from. 

This is a continual project. If you’re interested in participating in this project, please contact the artist directly at   The artist's other background can be seen on Additional information is available upon request.