Michael Kelly Williams was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He is the son of artist Kelly Williams. When he was 5, his family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up. Williams began making prints and sculptures while attending Cass Technical High School. He graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Michigan and went on to study and teach in New York City at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1988 when Martin Puryear was a visiting artist. He graduated with an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Brooklyn College in 1996 where he studied with William T. Williams. Williams was Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem from 1986 to 1987. A sculptor, printmaker and mixed-media artist, Williams is also an educator and has taught in the New York City Department of Education system for many years. He was an art director for "Daughters of the Dust," a 1991 PBS-American Playhouse Production directed by Julie Dash. His work can be found in several museums and institutions, such as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Library of Congress, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum. He has been commissioned for various permanent installations, including two mosaic murals located at the Intervale Subway Station (2/5) in the Bronx. He currently lives with his wife in Harlem.