John Michael Byrd holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and is also an alumnus of Louisiana State University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. He is primarily a painter, but has also works in drawing, video, objects, performance and printmaking.

John Michael’s work has been featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions and he has mounted almost a dozen solo exhibitions in Louisiana, Oregon, Massachusetts and New York.. Also, he has been awarded several grants and scholarships including the J. Kenneth Edmiston Memorial Scholarship and the Carl M. Thorp Memorial Art Scholarship.

His work can be seen in the pages of: The Oxford American Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Sewers of Paris, Painters on Painting, Kolaj Magazine, The Tulane Review, The Manifest Annual, WordSmiths Literary Review, DIALOGIST, Starry Night Programs Artists To Look Out For, Fresh Paint Magazine, CountryRoads Magazine, Together Underground, 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, Art Business News, 225 Magazine, The J.O.S.H., The Ivory Tower Magazine and The Advocate,

John Michael Byrd’s work is focused on absurdity and the uncanny in an attempt to resolve the gap between the artificial and the real juxtaposing appropriated imagery in various media. He works at the School of Visual Arts and is writing a collection of prose inspired by his collages.