(1929 - )
- visual artist, film maker and musician
- works in many media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and photography
- born December 10, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario.
- grew up and was educated in the Toronto neighborhood of Rosedale.
- recalling his early years he said " I think the two most important things in my life ... were that my father went blind when I was 15, and, that my mother... is a very fine pianist."
- became interested in art during his high school years
- won the Art Prize upon graduation from Upper Canada College in 1948
- entered the Ontario College of Art and specialized in design
- he began to play music with a group and developed his painting skills independently
- graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1952
- after a brief stint as a commercial artist, spent 18 months travelling
in Europe, playing music, visiting museums and drawing
- returned to Toronto, established a studio and worked as film
- appeared plying music in Don Owen's Toronto Jazz
- married artist Joyce Wieland
- launched his career in 1956 with his first solo exhibition
- from 1962 to1972 he lived in a loft in the Soho neighborhood of New York City
- there he created a series of paintings called "Walking Women"
- and made his underground art film "Wavelength" which became widely recognized
- returned to Toronto in mid 70's
- Snow's art can be found in numerous collections throughout the world; including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and in the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris
- public works of art include
- "Flight Stop", fiberglass flying geese in Toronto's Eaton's Center
- "The Audience" -14 large figures of sports fans, located at the northeast and northwest corners of Toronto's SkyDome
- in 1994 there was a forty year retrospective exhibition in Toronto: The Michael Snow Project. It was the largest exhibition ever afforded a Canadian artist
- honours include being awarded first prize in the 1968 Belgian International Independent Film Festival
- was Canada's representative in the 1970 Venice International Biennale.
- has received honorary doctorates from Yale and Brock Universities
- in 1983 he received the Order of Canada for his contribution to culture
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