Michael Alig (b. 1966) is an artist and writer based in New York City. Alig spent his youth in conservative South Bend, Indiana eventually becoming the wildly inventive “King of the Club Kids” of New York in his early 20s (he was a regular guest on national TV shows like Donahue, Geraldo and Joan Rivers) and went to prison after accidentally ending the life of drug-dealer/friend Andre Melendez during a substance-fueled week in 1996. While overcoming drug addiction behind bars, Alig channeled his creativity into fabulously provocative Pop Art paintings. His work caught the eye of artist Bjarne Melgaard, who included ten of Alig’s pieces in his well-regarded Maccarone Gallery show in 2011 later purchasing the paintings for his private collection. Since his release from prison in May 2014, Alig has been finishing his book, Aligula as well as writing columns for Gay Times and the New York Post and various screenplays. In addition to continual painting, designing clothes, recording an album and developing other creative projects. The Hollywood production company World of Wonder has released two films about Alig, Party Monster: The Shockumentary and Party Monster. They plan on releasing a third Alig-centered film, 'After Party," as well as a coffee table book of Alig’s paintings in early 2015.

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