He was born into a well-to-do family of Colima in 1897. His two great loves were art and the sea, which he combined in his works. In the twenties he went to Europe to learn and improve his painting. He lived in Montparnasse, where he shared a studio with another Mexican painter, Agustín Lazo. Back in Mexico he struck up friendship with Jesús Reyes Ferreira, Juan Soriano, Oliverio and Ricardo Martínez, and Jesús Guerrero Galván. By 1936 his work had a language of its own with which he reinterprets the School of Paris. He held his first individual exhibition in the Galería de Arte Mexicano in 1942. Michel´s work has the quality of oblitering the boundaries between reality and fantasy by means of texture. His subjects were at first nature, children and adolescents, fairs and gambling; later they were based on introspection, nostalgia and pain, His work has been found to contain influences of Cézanne, Picasso, Braque and De Chirico. He died in 1957, and in 1961 the Modern Art Museum of Mexico City held an exhibition in homage, curated by Andrés Blaisten.