Mike Stidham expresses internal struggles on to 2-d drawings and 3-d sculptures. His work involves race, identity, duality, psychological confrontations and mental violence. Stidham was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Chicago where he is now based. Stidham graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in 2007 and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2012. Stidham has performed live paintings at many venues and exhibited at Gallery Provocateur in 2014.