Michael Fliri was born in South Tyrol, Italy in 1978 and lives and works between Zurich, Switzerland and South Tyrol, Italy. Completing studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and Kunstakademie in Munich, he pursued additional advanced certificate courses at the Kunstakademiet Bergen in Norway, via the Erasmus study program and intensive study in Filmmaking at New York University.
Largely performative, Fliri utilizes costumes, physical actions, gestures and situations to explore the concept of transformations. His sculpture, photography, performance, and video, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, including but not limited to exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy; Macro Contemporary Art Museum Rome, Italy; Fondazione Merz Turin, Italy; Museion, Bolzano, Italy; Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria; Mart, Rovereto, Italy; Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria; Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Austria; Biennale di Mosca, Russia; Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium; Contour Video Biennial, Belgium; and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy. He has been awarded with prestigious residencies like the Dena Foundation at the Centre des Récollets a Paris, France, AIR (Artist in Residence) Antwerp selected by Ohno Corporation of Needcompany, Belgium, Vienna City Residency by the Ministry of Culture, Austria; the ZF Art Award Friedrichshafen, Germany; Premio VAF- Feierabend, Germany; Special Honor Award for the International Performance Prize (handed over by Marina Abramovic), Italy.