Michael Oliveri is an artist, designer, fabricator with the passion to bring unusual innovation into the world. He was born in Southern California and received his MFA in New Genres from UCLA, and a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked in the design, entertainment, internet and surf industries throughout his life. He was the creator of the ArtX department at the University of Georgia where he taught for the past 20yrs. He is the owner creator of Foamocean.com and Boxforthebirds.com. His work is conceptually based, utilizing a wide range of media from large photographic prints to multi-media installations and performances. Live animals, immigrant workers, hydroponics, radio signal technology, effects processors, video, and SEM imagery are examples of his palette. He currently lives and works in Laguna Beach California.