Born in Montreal, Michel left home when he was 20 to travel the world. Many years later, he decided to explore the Maritimes with the idea of fulfilling one of his dreams of living by the sea. In 1989, he discovered and moved to St. Joseph du Moine on the western side of Cape Breton. In 1990, Michel opened a gallery La Bella Mona Lisa. Michel has been described as a “primitive and colourist like Rousseau, his work combines the naive with the surreal.” Michel’s paintings are explorations of everyday life filled with humour and passion.