Born in Dublin in 1935, Michael Kane studied at the National College of Art & Design, and with Patrick Hickey at the Graphic Studio in Dublin. He has worked for extended periods in Britain, Switzerland and Spain, and was involved in the establishment of the Independent Artists’ exhibitions and co-founded the Project Arts Centre in Dublin.
His paintings and prints incorporate vibrant colour and mythological references. He has held many exhibitions at the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin and the Art Space Gallery, London, as well as solo shows at the Lincoln Gallery, Dublin; Galway Arts Centre; Kilkenny Arts Week; Monaghan County Museum; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gallagher Gallery held a major retrospective of his work in 1995.
His work is held by the Abbey Theatre; Allied Irish Banks; Aer Lingus; Bank of Ireland; Contemporary Irish Art Society; Coras Iompair Éireann; the Arts Council; Government Buildings, Dublin; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Municipal Gallery, Tampere, Finland; the National Self-Portrait Collection at the University of Limerick; and N.I.B. Capital Bank, London.