Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, Michael Venus moved to Windsor, Ontario at the age of 18 where he began working in the arts community of Windsor and nearby Detroit. There he formed the artist collective "House of Venus" and began putting on various art shows, club nights and other events including an annual wearable art and wig festival called Wiggle. In 1994 he moved to Vancouver to continue to pursue his art including his long running Venus Rising mega-project. In 2001, Venus began collaborating with local filmmakers including Mark Kenneth Woods with whom he would later create the World's first LGBT sketch comedy series called The House of Venus Show. The series aired nationally in Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States. Venus is now based in Toronto.