Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Michael Belmore has practiced professionally as an artist since graduating from OCAD University in 1994.
Belmore’s work and processes speak about the environment — about land, water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and abroad, including in Braga, Portugal; Zurich, Switzerland; and New York’s Smithsonian in the USA. In 2015, Belmore was the Nigig Visiting Artist at OCAD University; he has also completed residencies at 4elements Living Arts on Manitoulin Island, Australia’s RMIT University, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has been a regular recipient of federal and provincial arts council funding, and his work is represented in private and public collections such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Aboriginal Art Collection, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.