Born in France, Michel is a singer, composer, lyricist, artist and sculptor. His interest in the visual arts began as a parallel passion to music while living and recording in Germany, in the early eighties. After formal training received in France and the US, his first abstract and symbolic line drawings evolved into a more realistic style. Representations of people and places, where the search for spirit and harmony is the key element, led him to a series of charcoal and terracotta portraits of Native Americans based on the classic photos of Edward Curtis.
Michel has received formal training at The Parsonís school of Design in Paris, the Ecole díArt & Dessin in Versailles, as well as at Spring Studio in NewYork under Minerva Durham. He has also studied sculpture under Viviane Ambre in Paris.
In his own words: Art is the mirror of the Soul. Michel believes that whenever a work of art resonates within us, it is because, beyond its external appeal, it reflects the beauty of our Inner Self.
He has participated in juried and small group shows in Garches and Vaucresson, France, where his oil pastel landscape Paysage de Montagne won first prize. He has been exhibited at Spring Studio in New York, the Fulton Art Fair in Brooklyn, The Edmund Whitfield Gallery in Sag Harbor and Talks With Wolves Gallery in Brooklyn. His works are part of several private collections in France and the United States. He also designed the logo for Crea International.
Signature edition prints of the original charcoal: What Light from Darkness Grows can be ordered by calling 212-946-1061.