Born in Leeds in the north of England, Michael Paraskos is a writer, art historian and occasional broadcaster.
He has written for academic journals including The Journal of the History of Education, The Sculpture Journal and The Journal of Women's Studies and for other publications including The Guardian, The Spectator and Art Review.
In broadcasting he has reviewed exhibitions for BBC Radio 4's Front Row and appeared on Channel 4 Television's The Big Breakfast as a competition judge. Internationally he has featured on Tariq Ali's The World Today for TeleSur television, CyBC Radio 4 (Cyprus) and the SVT's arts programme Utblick (Sweden).
He studied English literature and art history at the University of Leeds, before taking his MRes degree, again in art history at the University of Leeds. He read for his PhD at the University of Nottingham.
An extremely experienced lecturer both in mainstream academia and adult education, Michael has broad-ranging interests in a variety of cultural phenomena. This has allowed him to teach a range of art historical topics, although his own academic research tends to focus on three related areas:
- Modern Western Art (1880-current)
- Radical art theories (eg. anarchism)
- Herbert Read.
Before coming to Imperial College London, Michael taught at major British universities, including the University of Leeds, University of Nottingham and University of Hull, and he was Director of the Cornaro Art Institute in Cyprus from 2007 to 2014, overseeing its education and public events programmes. He became Programme Manager for Evening Classes at Imperial in 2018.
He is also teaches architectural history as a visitor to one of the most historic art schools in London, the City and Guilds of London Art School.
His books include monographs on the artists Clive Head and Steve Whitehead, a critical study on Herbert Read, and a collection of essays on art and anarchism.
He has published two novels In Search of Sixpence (2016) and Rabbitman (2017), and is a regular speaker at conferences in Britain and the wider world.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010, and he gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.
- BA (Hons) Art History and English Literature, University of Leeds (1992)
- MRes Art History (English Expressionism), University of Leeds (1997)
- PhD, 'The Elephant and the Beetles: The Aesthetic Theory of Herbert Read', University of Nottingham (2005)
- ASET Level 4 Award in Post-16 Teaching (2008)
- OHSC Level 5 Advanced Diploma for Workplace Health and Safety (2020)
Michael Paraskos is an authority on the work of the twentieth-century British art theorist, novelist, and poet, Herbert Read. From this, his research has developed more widely, into looking at ways in which anarchist political and cultural theories can be applicable to contemporary art practice, and wider still, on the possible relationships between the alternative reality of anarchistic utopias and Christian notions of heaven and paradise.
He is also a novelist, with a particular interest in the use of non-standard academic forms to explore ideas in art and cultural theory, including fiction, poetry and other creative forms.
Paraskos M, 2020, Review of bauhaus goes west: modern art and design in britain and america, by alan powers, History of Education, Vol:49, ISSN:0046-760X, Pages:425-426
Bohm-Duchen M, 2019, Insiders/Outsiders Refugees from Nazi Europe and Their Contribution to British Visual Culture, ISBN:9781848223462
Paraskos M, 2017, Stass Paraskos A Celebration: at Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture, ISBN:9780995713017
Paraskos M, 2017, Rabbitman, ISBN:9780995713000