About: Bio & CV

Michael Cichon (also known as the Teaman) graduated from Dawson’s Commercial Photography program with Honors, specializing in portraiture.

Artist Statement

Born in 1966, Montreal, Quebec, Canada , Michael Cichon finds his inspiration from a combination of critical thinking, comedy and a tourist consciousness that is both “apart” and “a part” of the world. Born of parents who worked for an airline, he was blessed with travel, and experiences abroad. For Mr. Cichon street photography is a deep meditative dialogue with himself.  His environmental portrait work is a blend of editorial reportage and social commentary, sometimes with a teaspoon of satire. Given the chance he loves to explore stories and characters that give birth to ideas; often unleashed in self portraits. Extensions of Mr. Cichon’s work is expressed in his Landscape Photography.

As a result of living in Pusan, South Korea Mr Cichon started a small Tea Room in Vancouver’s Chinatown. To this date he still imports tea and pottery. www.livelikewater.com

Currently, Mr. Cichon works as a full time Medical Photographer, documenting patients who require non cosmetic plastic surgery.


2015 AEC Commercial Photography Diploma, Dawson College, Montreal
2012 Fashion Photography Course, Concordia University.
2012 Product Photography Course, Concordia University.
2010 Digital Photographic Imaging Diploma, Concordia University.
1995 English Literature, Concordia University, Montreal
1994 Communication Studies: Media, Advertising & Journalism, Concordia University.
1991 BA, Concordia University.
Major: Liberal Arts: Western Society and Culture
Minor: Russian Studies

Professional Experience
2016 – present Medical Photographer, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University
Health Centre, Montreal. Adult clinical photography for non cosmetic
plastic surgery. Also, covering events and press conferences.
2014 – 2016 Medical Photographer, Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University
Health Centre. Pediatric Medical Photography specializing in Dermatology,
Plastic Surgery, Orthodontics as well as Pre and Post
Operation Breast photography for teens. Knowledge in protocols
concerning suspected child abuse cases.


Solo Exhibition:
Mother’s Prayer: Struggle, Death and Rebirth:55 Years of Cottage Life in the Eastern Townships: Gallery Cichon, Montreal, Qc

Group Exhibition Record:  2020 Landscapes from the Sunshine Coast: Gallery Hors Cadre, Knowlton, Qc

2019 Local Portraits, Gallery Hors Cadre, Knowlton, Qc
2015 Senior Nun Portraits: Graduating Portfolio Warren B. Flowers Gallery, Montreal
2013 Addicted to Love, Warren B. Flowers Gallery, Montreal
2002 Tea an Installation with Pauline Lawson, Artesia Gallery, Gibson’s BC, Canada
2002 Dead Russians: Cemetery Tour: A Pilgrimage: Dostoevsky to Mayakovsky, Sechelt Tea House, Sechelt, BC Canada

Teaching Experience
2000-2001 ESL Teacher, WLI, Taejon, South Korea
1996-1997 ESL Teacher, Dong Dae Shing Dong Middle School, Busan, South Korea

2015 Honors Distinction, AEC Commercial Photography, Dawson College, Montreal

Travel/Foreign Languages Spoken

English, French and Polish with Basic Korean and Russian
Lived in South Korea for 3 years between 1996 and 2000 and revisited in 2017. Traveled to the Soviet Union in 1984. Returned Russia, Poland and the Ukraine in 1992 and 2000.
Other countries include: England, France, Italy, Czech Republic Switzerland, Barbados, Trinidad, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Japan and various provinces in Canada.

Grandma Dynamite: Josie a dynamic journey of a bored senior.
Korea Then and Now: 1997-2017,  streets and portraits
My Lolita Story; Re-Exploring The Lolita Theme.
In Memoriam: The Closing of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Hospital Unseen Faces: Environmental Portraits.
Dead Russians, A Pilgrimage: Dostoevsky to Mayakovsky
Attack On Clarity: Photo essay: steeps of a tea set as it travels to war monuments.

Public Institutions:
Montreal General Hospital: British Columbia Nature Series
Montreal General Hospital: Busan South Korea Travel Series