Marcus Michels received an MFA for painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2004. Prior to that he had earned an MA in painting from Eastern Illinois University and a BFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Michels works from his studio in Mississippi.
"In my work I seek the essence of human interaction, in the spoken and unspoken ways people communicate with each other through body language and gesture. Painting the figure in an interior space is a way for me to give the viewer a somewhat voyeuristic look into the figure’s anxiety, urgency, or obliviousness to tension. My paintings are about realizing the complexity of human behavior while celebrating its inherent ambiguity and mystery. The act of painting is an attempt to communicate things that cannot be said simply."