Mike Steffen was born in Alameda, CA but spent his more formative years in Salt Lake City, UT. He received his BFA from the University of Utah, with an emphasis on painting and drawing. Feeling relatively unfulfilled by school and experiencing a strange cross between anxiousness and boredom after graduation, Mike began aimlessly driving around the local West Desert. He grew attached to the land and proceeded to spend a number of years making paintings of it exclusively. He currently resides in Oakland, co managing his gallery/studio space FM, where he met Maruka of MOVOZ, now artist in residency.