Michael is an award-winning artist and illustrator best known for his evocative watercolors and oil paintings.  Michael was named one of Watercolor Magazine's 25 Artist's to Watch and is a scholarship member of New York's historic Salmagundi Art Club.  In 2007, Michael received a highly competitive artist residency at the C-Scape Dune Shack in Provincetown, MA. During this residency, he lived alone in a remote shack on the Cape Cod National Seashore without electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing.  He has returned to the dune shack for stays in 2010 and 2015.  His time spent living in the dunes remains a personal and artistic milestone that continues to inform his work.  He is currently showing original paintings and prints in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

For commission projects such as portraits and illustration work, use the contact page on this site to get in touch. For ready to ship artwork, as well as cards and prints, please visit his etsy shop Michael Lyons Studio.  And follow Michael on Instagram for studio sneak peaks @MichaelLyonsStudio.


Michael earned his BFA in 2005 from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Following undergrad, Michael studied with artist Robert Cardinal in his Cape Cod studio. 


Starobin, Paul "What Do Jackson Pollock, Tennessee Williams and Norman Mailer Have in Common?" Smithsonian, June 2012

Jordan, Courtney "That's a Chicken with the Body of a Snake" Artist Daily, Sept 2011

"25 Artists to Watch" Watercolor Magazine, Fall 2011

Awards & Residencies

C-Scape Dune Shack Artist-in-Residence, Provincetown, MA 2007

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS coverage for "Virus of the Heart" illustration published in Genre magazine, 2007

Al Barker Award, Junior and Scholarship Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, 2012

Elizabeth K. Ellis Artist's Fellowship Award, Member's Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, 2012