David Michie, born in 1928 in the South of France , spent his childhood there and moved to Scotland in 1934. After doing his Nation Service, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1949-1953). After various jobs teaching art, he became Visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Art of Belgrade and the University of California before returning to Edinburgh College of Art to teach painting during the 60s and 1970s.He became Head of the College of Schools of Drawing & Painting from 1982-1990.
He was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, the Society of Sottish Artists and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a founding fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Art Scotland. His works hang in the collections of the Tate, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums, the City of Edinburgh Museum.
The vivacity and strong palette of his paintings reflect his childhood spent near the Mediterranean.