Michel-Henry is acknowledged as an important painter in French contemporary art. From 1952 his work has periodically been singled out for France ’s highest prizes and awards. The French Government, the City of Paris , the Museum of Valence , Bogota and the Museum of Alencon are among the distinguished institutions who have acquired his work for their permanent collections.
Born in Langres in 1928 the aspiring artist attended the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris . He later studied with Narbonne , Georg, Chapelain-Midy and Legueult. In 1957 he became a member of the House of Descrates in Amsterdam and the following year was named member of the Casa Velasquez in Madrid , honors which are exceptional for a young painter.
He is a member of the Salon d’Automne as well as a member of its jury, he also exhibits in the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon Comparisons, and the Salon Terres Latines. In 1976 he shared in the honor of presenting the Salon d’Automne exhibition in Japan .
Michel-Henry blends delicate tones and strong and fascinating accents into his compositions of flower still life, landscapes and marines. An avid interest in nature is the predominant quality of his luminous works.
As a French artist whose works are known internationally, Michel-Henry over a period of twenty eight years has earned the status of a goodwill ambassador in a universal world of cultural exchanges. For his dedication and unselfish contributions to art and artists from all lands he was honored by his country by being awarded the prestigious - la Croix de Chvalier de la Legion d’Honneur - on January 1, 1981 by the French Minister of Culture Mr. Jean Philippe Lecat.
His works include a triptych and stations of the Cross for the church of St. Giles in his native town of Langres , engraving of a tabernacle door, an eight meter panel for the Credit Agricole, largest French bank. He is the author of several posters, among which the famous “April in Paris ” Ball of the Waldorf Astoria , New York . His work is collected by personalities and art connoisseurs all over the world, including such countries as France, England , Switzerland , Germany , Italy , Belgium , Ireland , Japan , Spain and the U.S.A.