Since 1995, Mike has been employed principally in advertising, working at agencies like DDB Chicago, and BBDO New York. He has created campaigns for many of the world’s super-mega-conglomerates including Coca-Cola, FedEx, Mars, and Visa, winning virtually every advertising award, including the Gold Cannes Lion and Gold One Show Pencils. His Visa commercial, BROADWAY TRIBUTE, was nominated for the 2002 EMMY AWARD.
Presently, Mike is a Group Creative Director/Senior Vice President at McCann Worldgroup, where he enjoys working with his partner Jeff Taylor. They work almost exclusively on Verizon, having created the popular CABLE GUY campaign for FiOS.
Mike Gambino began studying art at the age of seven, and had his first exhibition of paintings at the Bethpage Arts Center (right) when he was ten-years old.
While attending the High School of Art and Design in New York, he formed the band Concrete Jungle, and released the album Wear and Tear on ICBM Records. While in college, he played percussion for the Umano Orchestra, a 30-piece rock-jazz big band, as well as drums in the Cajun-influenced heavy metal band Hip Joint Chamber. The music business was a cesspool of degenerates and scam-artists, so Mike decided to go into the advertising business. He was naive, okay.
Before graduating summa cum laude from FIT with a BFA in Advertising, Michael participated in a student exchange at the University of Arts London. Mike later continued his studies at New York University (digital cinematography), the Cooper Union (art business), and the Art Student’s League (composition and sculpture).
Mike has exhibited his paintings and sculpture at galleries in New York, Seattle, and Washington DC. He had his first large solo exhibition of 20 paintings at the Alliance Gallery, New York, in April 2009, and in November 2009 Mike had an exhibition of paintings and photography at Maison, in New Orleans.
Epistrophy is an ongoing personal photography project which documents the most diverse collection of human beings on the planet Earth, all inhabiting a space merely 23 square miles, many of whom enjoy sleeping in subway cars.
Mike also likes to direct. His first short, MENDELBAUM!, was considered weird by everyone who saw it. It didn’t seem weird to him at all. But his last film, THINGS WORSE THAN DEATH, was an official selection at the West Chester Film Festival, where it premiered April 2008. That did seem weird to Mike.
Mike lives in Manhattan.