Michael Hloušek-Nagle was born in Cambridge and raised in a farming village near Oxford. After a childhood spent wandering fields and forests he studied Theology and Literature at the University of Leeds, before turning to Art, which he studied first at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, then Glasgow School of Art, where his work won the William and Mary Armour Award and the Villore Scholarship. He then studied for a year at the New York Academy of Figurative Art.
Beyond painting his interests include Elizabethan poetry, James Joyce, Nabokov, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Whitman, Melville, Baudelaire, Anton Bruckner, Wagner, Bach, Mahler, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus, Aristophanes, New York City and Americana, the films of Tarkovsky, Herzog, and Russ Meyer, junk-science and pseudo-history, UFOlogy, occultism, crime and deviancy, fine footwear, and nocturnal walks in unpleasant places. He is married and has a beautiful daughter, Cecilia Louise