Toby Michael (b. 1996) is a figurative painter from Buckinghamshire.


He is a classically trained artist, who learnt his craft through

self teaching and receiving tuition from Florence Academy Alumni.


He attended the Winchester School of Art (2015-18),

winning the Clyde Hopkins Award for Valorous Painting for his

degree show.

Since graduating Toby has been taking commissions and selling

his self-directed work to private collectors, alongside providing

private tuition for artists. 

He participated in both the 2019 and 2020 series of Sky Portrait Artist of the year, becoming a finalist in the latter.

'My work consists of single and multi-figure compositions that are quiet and self-reflective. I believe that there is something universal and archetypal in the figure isolated and introspective, especially within the context of others. While we are social animals it is often the case that our interactions are limited by hierarchy and our own anxieties' - Toby Michael 










Exhibitions | Shows

WSA MABA Show, Winchester 2017

Making Work Here, Winchester 2018


BA Hons (2:1) Winchester School of Art | University of Southampton

Professional Experience

Workshop Assistant, Florence Academy of Art | Arts at Stowe Landscape and Portraiture Courses UK


The Clyde Hopkins Prize for valorous painting 2018

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 shortlisted contestant

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 Finalist