Eric Michel was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1962 and studied plastic arts and music at a very young age using the Martenot method. Upon completion of higher scientific studies, he initially moved into the field of finance, while simultaneously pursuing his artistic activities. He made numerous exhibitions in Japan where he stayed until 2002 as an executive of an American bank. In December 2003 he participated in the Kawasaki Contemporary Art Biennale, and since then his work has been regularly presented in museums, galleries and art events around the world. In 2007, his video Swimming Fluo was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Shanghai, then in most contemporary art museums in China, on the occasion of the Sport in Art exhibition sponsored by the Committee. 2008 Beijing Olympics In 2009, he successively created two multimedia installations: Lumière and Immaterial for the Yves Klein Archives and Passages de Lumière for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice (MAMAC). Since 2011, his permanent light installation Les Moulins de Lumière has been visible every evening north of Paris on the Grands Moulins de Pantin site. In the same year, his monumental light monochrome Fluo Blue joined the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice. His neon work, the light speaks, was exhibited in 2012 at La Maison Rouge. In 2013, his exhibition Passeur de Lumière offered a dialogue with the architecture of Le Corbusier and Xenakis at the convent of La Tourette, and in 2014, his work Mono Light was displayed at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, like a showcase of light for Yves Klein's Symphony Monoton-Silence. After a long stay in Tokyo and Rome, he now lives in Paris. His work on light, in particular his paintings saturated with pure pigments, his videos and his fluorescent installations, is essentially in the tradition of a quest for the immaterial, in the tradition of Yves Klein, James Turrell and Dan Flavin.
2019 “La Nuit Transfigurée”, Cité des Sciences, Paris 2018 Michel/Chiavacci : De la déconstruction à la fluorescence, destins croisés , Galleria Die Mauer, Prato “La Lumière Parle” (Light Speaks), 836M Gallery, San Francisco 2017 Platonium, Place du Marché Couvert, Metz The Chapel of Light, Days of Light Festival, Saint-Saturnin 2016 Platonium, Festival of Lights, courtyard of the Town Hall, Lyon ARGIA, the light-language, Château Observatoire Abbadia, Hendaye Light Pole, Chabran Cultural Pole, Draguignan 2015 Light Project, Arts Elysées, Paris The light laboratories, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris Living the Light, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise 2014 La Veille des Solitaires, chapter house, Abbey of Saint-Jean-aux-Bois Mono Light, work for the Monoton-Silence Symphony by Yves Klein, Luxembourg Philharmonic 2013 Passeur of Light, Convent of La Tourette, Eveux 2012 Aura, Hôtel-Dieu, Brie-Comte-Robert Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris 2011 Quid sit lumen, Collegiate Church of Saint-Lazare, Avalon Fluorescence (s), Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris 2010 Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI West), San Francisco Véronique Smagghe Gallery, Paris 2009 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC), Nice Light and Intangible, Yves Klein Archives, Paris 2008 Véronique Smagghe Gallery, Paris Mazarine bookstore, Vanessa Suchar, Paris SPQR Fluo, Galleria Augusto Consorti, Rome La Playa Fluo, Immersiva Remix, Rome Fluorescence, Museum of History and Art, Villeneuve-Loubet 2007 Biblioteca Fluorescente, University of La Sapienza, Rome 2006 Cabaret, Vanessa Suchar, Paris Neon Night, White Night 2006, Paris 2005 Homage to Yves Klein, Galerie MB, Paris 2003 Mamia Bretesché Gallery, Paris 2001 Dancing colors, Vivre La Vie Art Lounge, Tokyo. And numerous collective exhibitions.