A native of the San Joaquin Valley, Michael Karibian, was originally a self taught photographer. He served in the US Air Force from 1968 through 1972 performing research and development photography and spent one year as a still documentary photographer in Viet Nam. He recieved his BA Degree from California State University, Fresno in 1975 and his MA degree from San Francisco State University in 1977 in Fine Arts.
Karibian has been self employed in Fresno as a Commercial Photographer and Graphic Designer since 1977. He has produced a body of work related to print media assignments for clients including: editorial, advertising, corporate, public relations, and medical photography. This combined with his desktop publishing capabilities provide clients with an integrated source for image and promotional opportunities.
Karibian has a special interest in Fine Art and Photographic exhibition. He has been the recipient of grants and public funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation administered by LACE, The Fresno Metropolitian Museum, The Fresno Arts Council, The Saroyan Society and Centro Belles Artes. He has had one man shows at San Francisco State University, Williams College, and Fresno State University. He has exhibited in group shows at the Fresno Art Museum. Karibian exhibited in a two person show at Gallery 25 in 2003 and has exhibited frequently at Spectrum Gallery in Fresno.
He has produced a documentary show featuring oral histories and still photographs of Armenian survivors of the old country underwritten by the Fresno Arts Council. He curated an exhibit of Willian Saroyan photos from the Stanford University Library which was presented at Spectrum Gallery in 2002.