Born in 1966 in Kotelnikovo, a small town in the South of Russia, Mikhail nurtured his passion for art since early childhood. When his family moved to Germany in 1980, Western culture has made a huge impression on the young artist. In 1986 he moved to Turkmenistan and graduated from Ashgabad school of fine arts. Absorbing the philosophy of the East and the character of Central Asia, he began working as an independent professional artist, shaping his own style and surreal direction. A new era in the artist's life was his emigration to the United States in 1997. He returned to Western culture, which so strongly inspired him in his youth, but now he brought into it his own experience, and philosophical views. In 1998, Michael became a member of the prestigious new York's National arts club where he was awarded the prize of the Committee of the Exhibition (Exhibition Committee Award) in 2000. He is also an active member of Society for Art of Imagination since 2002. Michael has published two albums of paintings – "Lullaby" (Lullabies) in 2004 and "Nature of Absurdity" (Nature of Absurdity) in 2007. His work has international recognition and is frequently exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and abroad.