In 1927, engraver and medal designer Victor Suret-Canale built "la maison Canale" at 3, rue des Arts, a Paris neighborhood known for its artistic residents that included the renowned sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, Meichaninof and, for a time, Chagal. Both Suret-Canale, who'd studied at l' École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, and his wife Thérèse, a painter educated first in Germany and then in Paris at the Académie Julian, were no exception. This is the house where Victor's son Jean Suret-Canale lived with his wife Georgette, a feminist journalist, novelist and poet, and where their own three children were raised. The youngest child, born on March 4, 1957, was Michel Suret-Canale.
The Suret-Canale children grew up in an environment fertile for both the imagination and the intellect. Jean Suret-Canale, was a university professor and historian of Africa. Together with Georgette he instilled in his son a love of knowledge and a lifelong belief in democracy, freedom and equality. Yet it was ultimately the artistic side of the family that proved dominant in Jean's youngest son. After beginning his studies in the realm of the intellect and trying to focus on mathematics, Michel found that by the time he was 14 he'd become frustrated and decided to enroll in the school art classes. Once this decision was made, he never looked back.
Today Michel Suret-Canale is a classical trained painter, a Doctor of Arts and Sciences of the Art from the University of the Sorbonne in Paris and Master of honorary conference in Technologies of Information and Communication. He has had more than 35 exhibitions throughout Europe and in the United States and his work is displayed in several public collections of the Museum of Niort as well as being in private collections in over 17 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. He has written books about art, worked in multimedia and Web design and designed costumes and scenes for French theatrical clowns and has been invited to appear on the French National television several times (FR3, TF1) as well as on several national radio broadcasts (France Inter, RMC etc...). Articles about M. Suret-Canale have appeared in publications throughout both the USA and France, including Business 2.0, Oyster Boy Review, l'Express, le Journal du Dimanche, le Monde and Libération. In addition there have been reviews of philosophy (Le passant ordinaire), of aesthetics (Esthétique cahiers) and computers (SVM, SVM Mac, Univers Mac) and he has been written about in many local newspapers, including Le Courrier d e l'Ouest and La Nouvelle République.
Michel Suret-Canale's method of painting is to approach canvas without any foresight, allowing inspiration to guide his hand. As he paints he sees a story unfold. It is a story without words, using art as a form of language, like a universal chord that becomes an unspoken connection between the artist and the public.