Michael Bacol received his formal education from Mindanao University of Science and Technology in the Philippines taking up mechanical engineering technology. He worked as a mechanical engineering technician before becoming a full-time visual artist and art teacher. Michael is a self-taught artist and one of the most promising young artists to emerge from the community of Cagayan de Oro City. He is an active member of Oro Art Guild Inc. His works combine sensitivity and mastery in craft, resulting in works with very strong socio-political, socio-economic and socio-religious orientation. He has exhibited extensively with galleries such as Cultural Center of the Philippines, Finale Art gallery, Philippine National Museum, Manila Contemporary and Yuchengco Museum. For the past few years he has won national recognition as a finalist and semifinalist in Metrobank's MADE art competition, and in 2003 he was selected to participate in Sungdu-an 3, a major travelling art exhibition organized by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. In 2005, he was a grant recipient on the six-month residency program at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California and International Studio and Curatorial Program in the Big Apple sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council in Philippines and New York. He also qualified as a finalist in the Philippine Art Awards- Philip Morris Art Competition in the year 2008 and 2010. Michael has dedicated his life in the field of arts with a burning passion that will never be extinguished.
Lives and works in Cagayan de Oro, The Philippines