Michele Silk was born in Cape Town, September 1958 but grew up in Zimbabwe where she completed a BA Honours degree in Fine Art with Unisa. She immigrated to South Africa in mid-1996 and settled in Durban where she is a practicing artist.

In 2003 she completed a post–graduate diploma with distinction in painting at UKZN, Pietermaritzburg followed by a Master’s degree which she completed in January 2007. Silk is a multi-disciplined artist finding expression in painting, sculpture, printing and photography. Drawing inspiration from the figurative form, her environment and life experiences, she interprets different aspects of the human condition that are sometimes personal but also universal and encompass the physical, spiritual and mental spheres of human existence. She has previously incorporated various themes such as marginality, frailty and mortality and is constantly engaged in interpreting the world around her in new ways.