Born just outside of Toronto, Ontario, like many young Canadians, Michael Wills grew up with a hockey stick in his hands. For over 20 years, Michael put his passion and energy into playing pro hockey but little did he know, an entirely different skill he had refined since he was a boy would become a driving force in his life. Soon, the hockey stick would be replaced with an artist’s brush.
Every piece that Michael creates is the product of an intense release of emotional energy. His passion and creativity is released as he glides across each canvas with a pallet knife, giving his work a rough, energetic feel, that many have referred to as “masculine” in style. Michael’s inspiration comes from the energy and movement of the city, which he feels is best captured in the city lights.
Michael is currently represented by Zenith Art and Fashion in Miami, Florida, with his work featured during Miami Art Week and Miami Art Basel. Also he is based in UP Country interior Design store and the Spoke Club in Toronto.
Over the past three years, Michael has been building an international following having participated in shows in Toronto, Miami and New York.