Johnny Shield was born on the isolated Eastern Shore of Virginia in 1986. He received his MFA in Studio Art and Design from California State University, San Bernardino after a year studying art conservation in the United Kingdom. Johnny’s work takes the form of sculptures with a lifespan and performances focusing on his body. These performances and sculptures can sometimes occupy a space on the edge of the art world, using media like tattooing and hiking, or objects that tempt the audience to take action. Johnny has shown work bicoastally between his Virginia home and the greater Los Angeles area. He currently lives and produces in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife and cats, and he continues to show his work through juried shows, street performances and mountaintop pop-ups.