Michael Morris was born in Saltdean England in 1942. At the age of four he came to Canada with his mother, an artist herself. He studied under German painter and printmaker Herbert Siebner. Then at the University of Victoria and the Vancouver School of Art, under Jack Shadbolt, Roy Kiyooka and Don Jarvis. He completed his post-graduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art at London University in England, for which he received a Commonwealth Scholarship.
Besides painting Morris explored photography, video and performance art and also worked as a curator. His work is often media based and collaborative.
In 1969 Morris founded Image Bank with Vincent Trasov, a method for personal exchange between artists.
In 1973 he was co-founder and co-director of Western Front Society, in Vancouver.
In 1981 Morris was invited with Trasov to Berlin as guests of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD. Together they founded the Morris/Trasov Archive in 1990.
He was the acting curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1966, and from 1967 to 1970 he organized art events and exhibitions at the Simon Fraser University Art Gallery.
Morris has traveled extensively visiting Canadian and American destinations; he also lived abroad in Paris, London, and Berlin.
His work in represented in private and public collections nationally and internationally.