Michel Alexis was born in Paris, graduated with a degree in Science, and then moved to a secluded hamlet in the Alps where he lived for eight years. During this time he was also traveling extensively around the world.
It was while converting a barn into a studio that he started modeling slabs of plaster, which he inscribed with imaginary signs. He first drew his inspiration from enigmatic glyphs of early civilizations he had travelled to. Then, a visit to the Musee de l'Art Brut in Lausanne stirred the same kind of enthrallment. For Alexis the glyphs and the obsessive writings of disabled artists had a similar effect, conveying simultaneously a compelling beauty and a gap in meaning.
He subsequently moved to Los Angeles to join his family and started blowing up imaginary alphabets on large canvases, using heavy acrylic paste. In 1992 he moved to New York where he attracted favorable critical notice for a series of shows, starting with one based on a text by Gertrude Stein (New York Times,1995), followed by "Alphabets" (Artnews, 2002), "Subtracted Word" (Art in America, 2004).
Since then Alexis' work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, as well as in public and private collections worldwide.