Michael Hloušek-Nagle was born in Cambridge and raised in a farming village near Oxford. After a childhood spent exploring forests he studied Theology and Literature at the University of Leeds, before turning to Art, which he studied first at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, then Glasgow School of Art, where his work won the William and Mary Armour Award and the Villore Scholarship. He then studied for a year at the New York Academy of Figurative Art.

Beyond painting his interests include ancient Rome, Elizabethan poetry, James Joyce, Nabokov, Nietzsche, Baudelaire, Virgil, Pliny, and Tacitus; the music of Robert Schumann, Anton Bruckner, Wagner, Bach; New York City, Yosemite, Death Valley and Americana; the films of Tarkovsky, Herzog, and Russ Meyer; junk-science and pseudo-history, UFOlogy, occultism, crime, and nocturnal walks in unpleasant places. He is married and has a beautiful daughter, Cecilia Louise