Joey Bates was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He would love to identify as a child of the woods, but in fact he grew up just north of Seattle and is very much a city boy who can’t live far from bodies of water or wooded areas. He received his B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design in painting in 2005. Post college, he has found his home in drawing and cut paper sculpture. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife, who is half Swedish and a Swedish to English translator.