Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works deal with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding. He was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995 to study mural painting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a 1997 Fulbright Fellowship for painting to Rio de Janeiro. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2001. In 2007 he was an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008 and is a 2014 recipient of a USA Fellowship Award. Sandow Birk is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles.