Born in New York City in 1964, Mieshiel Murray was raised in a family of artists. His early exposure to cutting-edge contemporary art in the SoHo arts district of Manhattan inspired him to pursue his own artistic path. Mieshiel received a BFA in graphic design in 1986 from the prestigious California Institute of Arts, where he began developing his unique, signature style combining West Coast boldness with East Coast sophistication.
Mieshiel went on to co-found Temple Art Performance (TAP) space in Los Angeles, a major center for avant-garde art installations, performance art, and music. Since 1987, he has lived in the stunning high desert of Taos, New Mexico, in an off-grid, solar-and wind-powered community, where he continues to create the vibrant, intricate colored-pencil drawings for which he is known. “Living in relative isolation close to the Earth, surrounded by so much natural beauty, allows me to venture deeply inward and inspires my work,” Mieshiel says.