Born Michel le Buzulier in Paris in 1936 he changed his name to Corfou after the Greek Island that he visited and fell in love with while a teenager. Showing an early and precocious talent for art, his parents enrolled him at the prestigious Academie de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris. Upon graduating the academy he continued his studies at the Atelier de la Ville de Paris on the Boulevard Montparnasse. His fist major success as an artist came in 1962 when he debuted at the Salon des Artistes Independants. This was followed in 1964 by his debut at the Surindependants in 1964 and the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in 1970.
Throughout the 1970s he showed at numerous exhibitions including those as far away as Bogata and Sao Paolo. His oeuvre before 1970 tended to lean towards the naturalistic but would change around 1971 to a more multiform approach, particularly centered around the ovoid, egg-like compositions for which he is known.