Michael Anthony Simon
I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I moved to Chicago and received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After a year working in the art field in Chicago, I moved to Gwangju, South Korea where I continued my art practice and taught painting and drawing at Chosun University. In the fall of 2016 I became legally blind due to a hereditary condition called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and began my slow transition back to the U.S. In December of 2017 I became a full time resident. Although my condition has presented obstacles, my art making practice is as focused, if not more focused, than it ever was.