Michael Reafsnyder was born in Southern California in 1969. He received his MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 1996, where he studied under Mike Kelley and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe.
Reafsnyder's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at such venues as Miles McEnery Gallery, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid; Uplands Gallery, Melbourne; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; and the Las Vegas Art Museum. His work is housed in numerous collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Las Vegas Art Museum; North Dakota Museum of Art; Progressive Corporation; Harvard University; Portland Museum of Art; and the Weisman Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, amongst others.
His work has been the subject of reviews in numerous publications including ABC; San Francisco Chronicle; Art Ltd; Flash Art Italy; Artweek; New American Painting; LA Weekly; Artforum; Bomb; El Mundo; Art Issues, Modern Painters; and the Los Angeles Times, amongst others. Dave Hickey, David Pagel, Michelle Grabner, and Michael Schreyach have written extensive essays on Reafsnyder’s work.
Reafsnyder is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.