Born in Dublin, Michael studied in Dunlaoghaire School of Art in the early 1970s majoring in Sculpture and Fine Art. He then received a scholarship from the Italian Government to study in the Academy of Fine Art in Florence at the school of Antonio Berti. On completing his time there he moved to Pietrasanta in the Carrara marble area of Italy, just north of Pisa. Here he worked under the direction of a family of stone sculptors.
On his return to Ireland he assisted the German sculptor Imogen Stuart in a series of her larger commissions and then established his own studio in Malahide, County Dublin working in bronze and timber. He has executed public and private commissions for bodies such as Fingal County Council, Arts Care Northern Ireland, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, E-Tec Power Management Europe amongst many others.
He has exhibited in the Jorgensen Fine Art Gallery (Dublin), The Royal Ulster Academy (Belfast), The Graphic Studio Gallery (Dublin) and in the Irish Embassy in Berlin (Germany).
While working as a sculptor he pursued his interest in print and was awarded a residency by Fingal County Council to study under the direction of Robert Russell in the Graphic Studio in 2015. Michael became a member of the Graphic Studio in 2017.