Artist of the Month, October 2015 — Michael Gora

Michael Gora

Michael Gora

As a photographer, Michael Gora’s artistic voice speaks in black and white. Now he focuses his work on the planet’s human inhabitants.

“I try to keep my work simple, direct, and easy-to-understand whatever the genre. I do it because I love it, and with the hope that others might appreciate the result. From time to time. I also honor the memory of my brother Bruce who can no longer do the work.”

Gora has lived in the United States’ largest cities, small towns, and a village. “Broad experience has helped me to appreciate wildly diverse American lifestyles and photographic possibilities.” Gora is a member of the Artist’s Guild of The Boca Raton Museum of Art. His photographs are often seen in galleries and in competitions.

In this series, he honors Howard Edward Davis, Jr. (born February 14, 1956) a retired world-class amateur and professional boxer. Growing up on Long Island as the eldest of 10 children, Davis first learned boxing from his father. After being inspired by a movie about Muhammad Ali, Davis embarked on his amateur career. He won the 1976 Olympic gold medal one week after his mother died. He was also awarded the “Val Barker Trophy at the Olympics, beating out such boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks.

He turned professional after the Olympics and went on to a professional record of 36–6–1 with 14 knockouts. Howard lives in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife Karla Guadamuz-Davis who serves as his Publicist and Business Manager., and promotes his “Fight Time Promotions” in south Florida at various venues including the War Memorial Auditorium and Miami’s Magic City Casino.

In early 2015 Howard was diagnosed with fourth-stage lung cancer. He has heroically battled his disease and carries on this fight for others in his circumstances.