At the age of ten Jean Michalski climbed a utility pole together with friends and sustained such severe burn injuries that both his arms had to be amputated. Soon afterwards he learned to write and paint holding a pen between his teeth. He perfected his skills and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. In 1960, he became a full member of the AMPFA. Today, Jean Michalski paints in a realistic, very expressive style, with great emphasis on the brush-work. Among his favorite motifs are landscapes, the sea and flowers. His works have won him numerous awards and distinctions and have repeatedly been mentioned in press reports and on television. His paintings have been exhibited in Brussels and in many other cities around the globe.