Michel Laurent Lavau


Michel Laurent Lavau
Born in 1990, France
Lives and works in London, UK


In his pursuit of connecting with the Old Masters, Michel trained as a restorer and conservator of paintings for three years in Lyon. He then moved to Paris, where he meticulously crafted oil paintings striving to rejuvenate beauty – an enduring facet of aesthetics – within the realm of visual arts. Contrary to those who lamented the past such as the Romantics or the Pre-Raphaelites, Michel explored the task of expressing this timeless subject within the context of modernity.

To further his artistic exploration, he relocated to London immersing himself in a community of artists, and engaging with contemporary painting and art history. Michel’s artistic journey spans diverse genres of painting, ranging from classical to abstract and contemporary. His most recent exploration lies in religious art, where both the material form and the subject converge in an expression of profound beauty, bridging the gap between the spiritual and the physical, the eternal and the temporal.



2020 – 2021
Master of Arts, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK
2017 – 2020
Bachelor of Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
2016 – 2017
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Diploma, University of the Arts, London, UK
2011 – 2014
Atelier de la Renaissance, Lyon, France
2008 – 2011
École d’art Émile Cohl, Lyon, France


Group Exhibitions

Third Nature, Safehouse 2, London
Themselves’ Warehouse Festival, Copeland Park & Bussey Building, London
Themselves’ Auxiliary Subsidiary Eventus, The Five Bells, London
SPECIOUS LEGACY, Laurie Grove Baths, London
GOLD, Amersham Arms Gallery, London
Inventory of Behaviours, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London
Take Up Space, St. James Hatcham Building, London
University of the Arts Foundation Diploma Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London
Showcase_One, Zuhause, Liverpool
Salon Des Beaux Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
Exhibition with Florent Blache, Atelier Galerie Velours Royal, Lyon
Art performance with Tang, Atelier Galerie Velours Royal, Lyon



TANGLE Magazine, London
Michel Lavau, Paintings (2010-2015), London


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