Growing up, Mike Bilz was the nerdiest punk rocker in San Diego. He spent the majority of his youth watching cartoons, drawing, and eating burritos. Since drawing was really the only one of the three that had any sort of future, he ventured out to Los Angeles to attend Otis College of Art and Design. In 2006 he graduated from Otis College with a Bachelors in Illustration and a mountain of debt.
Mike Bilz’s work walks the fine line between adorable and disturbing; giving life to the odd little thoughts that permeate his imagination by creating eccentric characters that are both endearing and upsetting. Most often his characters are pulled right from the pages of his sketchbook, happy accidents born of boredom and carried on by a wandering stream of consciousness. Other times the monsters are a wrapping for a deeper meaning, transforming everyday thoughts and events into scenes of horrid beauty and humor. But mostly he just gets a kick out of robots and monsters.
Mike’s work has appeared in numerous galleries internationally and across Los Angeles, including Project: Gallery, The Hive, Alpha Cult, Gallery 1988, and La Luz de Jesus.
He is also very uncomfortable writing in the third person.