Michel Guyon, French painter and set designer
Born August 11, 1947 in Nantes, France
Guyon studied at the Beaux Arts de Nantes in the late 60's; which is also when he began his study in theatre. Guyon is passionate about Opera, music and art, and began designing sets, costumes and show posters early on in his career. He studied under M. Baty, where he discovered the works of Paul Dauce, whose designs made a great impression on him. He then worked with Joel Dabin on set design. From 1970 to 1980, he designed sets for many operas, including those performed at the Jean Marais festival, the Francis Huster company, the Treteaux de France as well as several summer festivals, including Saumur and Chinon. His reputation as a set designer was well established at the Opera of Angers. Guyon is also respected as a talented painter. He has exhibited his works at the Opera in Angers, and in his home town of Nantes, as well as in galleries around the world. His paintings are known for their marriage of poetic colors with vigorous brush strokes. He frequently paints scenes from his favorite operas, dancers and cabaret performers.