Michael Kidd was born in London in 1937. He studied art at Wimbledon Art School, and from 1956-9 at the Royal College of Art, where his fellow pupils included David Hockney. His final year there was spent at the RCA's embryonic film school, where he studied alongside the now-renowned film director Ridley Scott. For many years he himself worked as a film director in the advertising industry; his work in this field has won many awards. He began painting again in 1981. He has had two much-admired exhibitions at RONA Gallery, 'Genius of the Place: Five English Gardens' (following which he was commissioned to portray some of England's most notable gardens), and 'Pauillac: Chateaux and Vineyards'. His very popular 2003 exhibition entitled "On the Waterfront" portrayed coastal scenes throughout the shores of Southern England.