Mike Parsons was born in 1975 in Austin, TX. He started seriously studying painting in 1997 teaching himself by studying old masters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Vincent VanGough. He received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and returned to Austin, TX where he continues to live and work. In Parsons’ work, the language of propaganda is used to transform seemingly innocuous images. He builds up a sense of awkward embarrassment at the typical ordering of American priorities. His work is defined by use of bright splashing colors and images.