Mike Childs, a painter inspired by his architectural urban surroundings, received his BFA from the University of Guelph, Canada, and an MFA from Florida State University. He is the recipient of several awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Award. At twenty-six, he received an award to live, paint and teach in Florence, Italy from Florida State University. His work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by David Richard Gallery in Harlem. He has had numerous solo and two-person shows and maintains a studio in the south Bronx where he draws inspiration from the architecture. Recent exhibitions include The Bendheim Gallery (2021); The Bronx River Art Center (2020); David Richard Gallery (2020); ABC No Rio (2020); Wave Hill Gallery (2019); In 2020 during the Covid-19 crisis, Childs and artist Melissa Staiger created an eight-artist curatorial collective, Streaming, which premiered at the Stand 4 Gallery recently.