Michiel Schepers (b. 1964), lives and works in Wassenaar and Leiden, The Netherlands. 

Michael Schepers is a scholar-painter and forest-dweller: one who uses words and images jointly to express what he has seen of the world and thought of it - the world taken in its broadest sense, from the landscapes of the earth to the stresses on society and the mind. He travels from the Low Lands to the mountains, visiting great cities and deserts along the way, simply to see what is there. Above all, he seeks out ancient forests and towering trees. Trees, he considers most different from ourselves, and therefore potentially most fascinating. His fellow men and women exert a more familiar power over his imagination. A draughtsman and a painter, he works in all media but mostly on paper. He has also completed a number of murals.

An autodidact in art, Michiel or Michael Schepers studied English literature in Leiden, and went on to earn a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, with a dissertation on aphoristic brevity and expressiveness. He taught in St Louis, Missouri, and the University of Mauritius, and also lived in Durham, England, and Freiburg, Germany. Recently, he was an artist-in-residence in the Tambopata region in the Peruvian Amazon.


Michiel Schepers has exhibited in Leiden, at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Mauritius, Kunstzaal van Heijningen and Museum Panorama Mesdag in The Hague, Galerie Petit in Amsterdam, and many other places. His work can be found in many collections on four continents. He is a member of several artist societies, among which Pulchri Studio in The Hague and the Dutch Watercolor Society (Hollandse Aquarellistenkring or HAK). 


His writings have appeared in magazines, as well as self-published books: 

   Under the Forest Canopy - Above the Forest Floor, observations. Trelex Residencies, Peru, 2015, also freely readable on-line  on ISSUU.

   Zowel-Als, 1 De Wereld Zien, 2 Boek van de Schildermotieven, 2016. This is the provisional publication of Michiel Schepers's life's work, including both his thought and paintings. An English version is in progress.







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