Michael Michaeledes (1923-2015) was an artist, architect and poet. He was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in July 1923 and studied Architecture and Fine Arts in Milan, Italy & Central Polytechnic, London. In 1954 won the Philadelphios Panhelennic poetry competition of Greece. He moved to London in 1955, where he worked as an artist and architect.
Although his early paintings of Cyprus are figurative, this gradually gave way to abstraction, through juxtapositions of colour and line, eventually leading to three dimensional cut-outs and reliefs.
Michael has been represented by London art dealer Annely Juda since 1963. His first solo exhibition was held in 1959 at Leicester Galleries, London and he has since exhibited in 40 solo exhibitions and over 80 group shows. In 1976 Michael represented Greece at the Venice Biennale. In 2012 the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation published a comprehensive book about his life's work.
Michael's architectural and design work includes many residential and corporate buildings and interiors, ships, a safari lodge in Zambia and equine stables in Newmarket, England. His art is held in museums, foundations and private collections all over the world.
Michael died peacefully in London on 24th February 2015