Born in Northampton, MA, in 1978, Mike Williams spent his early life surrounded by art and music. His mother and aunt worked for 30+ years as art educators, and his great-uncle was a watercolor artist based in Amherst, MA. Athletics also shaped the family of artists. Mike's maternal grandfather coached hockey and tennis at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and became Norman Rockwell's personal tennis instructor. Mike's older sister became a formally trained painter as well.
In 2001, Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Fine Art and a minor in Illustration. Mike moved to New York City in 2003 and spent years in advertising while freelancing as a commercial artist. His recent works reflect the heart and soul that is NYC by highlighting its mom-and-pop shops, bodegas and apartment buildings. He considers these pieces to be portraits of a time, tradition and people that deserve to be recognized and honored.
Mike lives and works in New York with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Christian and Alexander.