Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of Houston in 2005. In 2012 he was awarded The Hunting Art Prize, an Artadia Finalist, and a Nominee for the TX Contemporary Award. He has exhibited at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. He regularly contributes criticism and reviews for the online art journal Glasstire. Bise’s work consists primarily of large-scale graphite drawings that combine autobiographical narrative with labor-intensive attention to detail, creating a disorienting relationship between personal psychology and formal picture making concerns.