Michael Werner [1912-89] was born in France, but grew up in Austria [where he was known as Baron Werner Von Alvensleben]. He studied in Paris at Atelier 17, under Stanley Hayter.
From 1938 onwards he lived and worked in the UK.
During the 1950s he was represented by Helen Lessore's Beaux Arts Gallery, where he had 3 one-man exhibitions. From 1960 to his death he was represented by Annely Juda Fine Art [David Hockney's Gallery] where he had 6 one-man exhibitions.
Other major shows included retrospectives at the ICA , 1974 [mainly his collages] and Camden Art Centre, London, 1978.
Memorial shows were held at Annely Juda Fine Art and Louise Hallett Gallery, London in 1989 and TurtleKeys Art Centre in 1996. Group exhibitions include Arts Council, Royal Academy, MOMA [Paris] and Leicester Galleries.
He was a tutor at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Bradford College of Art and Watford School of Art.
His work is included in many public collections: Museum of Modern Art [Los Angeles], Smithsonian Institute [Washington D.C.], New English Library, Oxford, etc. Private collections include: Ernst Gombrich and Roland Penrose.