Michael Gustavius Payne, (1969) in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
1991-1993, Mid Glamorgan Centre of Art & Design Technology.
1993-1996, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (First Class B.A. Honours).
1995, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece (Erasmus Exchange).
2002-2005, UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) (Cert HE).
2009-2011, University of Glamorgan (PGCE).
Elected Member of The Welsh Group
Purchase Award, Museum of Modern Art Wales (2011).
Project Grant, Arts Council of Wales (touring exhibition; Dim Gobaith Caneri) (2010).
Purchase Prize (Visitors Choice), University of Glamorgan (1999).
Prize Winner, Young Wales III, Royal Cambrian Academy (1996).
Purchase Prize, Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society (1996).
Student of The Year, National Eisteddfod of Wales (1993).
Museum of Modern Art Wales (The Tabernacle Collection).
University of South Wales.
University of Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society.
His diverse imagery draws from mythology and folk-lore alongside ecological and political concerns, drawing the viewer into a fascinating reflective world, set in the post-industrial Welsh Valleys.