Michael MonizbooksmenudesignArtBio


Born in Toronto, Canada, Michael Moniz spent his childhood living between the big city and the tranquil Azores islands of Portugal. It is this unique upbringing and an early appreciation for culture and the arts that inspired Michael’s creativity at young age. His skill in watercolours, oils and sketches garnered accolades from the local Portuguese community, leading him from small-scale works to commissioned wall-sized murals. Michael's eclectic background, combined with a love of ancient culture, prompted him to explore a new creative outlet in storytelling.

His 2011 book, Wuzzyjump has received a starred review from Kirkus along with accolades from the Calgary Herald. The “luminous” and “delicacy” of its illustrations (Quill and Quire), as well as its “delightful tale of mystery, discovery, and friendship” (Canadian Materials Magazine) are the signature for Michael’s whimsical creative style.

Michael currently lives in Toronto with his wife and young son who provides endless inspiration for his stories and art work. When Michael is not telling stories, he works as an Artistic Director for a Toronto-based advertising agency.