Michelle BIRD was born in 1965 in San Francisco to an artist father from Shanghai and a renowned American architect mother.
From these two strong artistic and cultural influences was born a palette of abstract expressionist colours described as “erotic and tactile”. She then moved to the Netherlands to study at the “Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam” and became closer to her mentor Anton Martineau, a poet and painter of the “CoBrA” generation. Back in San Francisco, she teaches drawing techniques at the Academy of Art College.
Supported by the Dc. Erwin Treu, former director of the Ulmer Museum and art historian at the Kunstmuseum Basel, noticed by Barbara Dieth-Rindone, art historian and Kristin SHANNON, curator of the Louvre exhibition, Expat 2007 – followed exhibitions in Europe and the USA at the “Californian Center for Contemporary Arts” as well as international recognition through the publications “Joie de vivre”, “Spuit 11” and the book “Closed Curtains – Lives of de Wallen”.