Michael Dixon was born in 1976 in San Diego, California, and graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, with a BFA in painting and drawing in 1999. He also received an MFA in painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. Michael Dixon's potent self-portraits investigate his bi-racial identity. His paintings convey the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both "white" and "black" racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. His masterfully rendered paintings, which depict racially charged images of himself performing in "black face," for example, are influenced by the works of artists such as Robert Colescott, Beverly McIver, Michael Ray Charles, Glenn Ligon, and Kerry James Marshall and challenge each viewer to examine his or her own racial identities and stereotypes. Dixon lives in Phoenix, AZ, and teaches at Arizona State University and Phoenix College.