Born 1964 in New York, Gary Simmons continues to live and work in New York. He holds degrees from the School of Visual Arts, New York, B.F.A., 1988 and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (MFA, 1990). Using icons and stereotypes of American popular culture, Gary Simmons creates works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class. He is best known for his “erasure drawings,” in which he draws in white chalk on slate-painted panels or walls, then smudges them with his hands – a technique that renders their imagery ghostly. Gary Simmons is represented by Metro Pictures Gallery in New York City, and Simon Lee Gallery in London.