Born in Christchurch in 1954, Armstrong graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1976. Michael has been a tutor in art at the Timaru Aoraki Polytech since 1994. He lives in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand with his wife Glenys Parry and his two sons.
Armstrong’s wilful mix of figurative elements and vivid coloration celebrates the diversity, volatility, and spontaneity of life. A bold and positive approach to art-making has been the signature of his work for more than three decades.
Armstrong has been exhibiting since 1969 and has had numerous solo and group shows in galleries throughout New Zealand and in Australia. His many awards include the prestigious Francis Hodgkins Fellowship which he held in 1984.