Before opening his famous high-end Chinese restaurant called Mr. Chow, he struggled as a painter in London for many years. He designed many architectural projects, including all of his restaurants, the Giorgio Armani boutiques in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Michael Chow returned to painting in 2011, and in 2012, he started working with precious metals - welding and sculpting them into paintings juxtaposed with trash. For Chow, the act of painting is an internal desire to channel the chaos and harmony of nature in order to achieve clarity.
Previous exhibitions held at locations include: Young Contemporaries (1957), R.B.A. Galleries, London; One-Man Exhibition (1958), New Vision Centre Gallery, London; Three Contemporary Chinese Painters (1958), A.I.A., London; Artists of Fame and Promise (1958), Leicester Galleries, London; Summer Exhibition (1958), Redfern Gallery, London; One-Man Exhibition (1962), Lincoln Gallery, London; Three-Man Show (1964), ICA Gallery, London. His works are in numerous private collections as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MOMA).