Mikey Yates



Mikey Yates (B. 1992, Sulzbach Rosenberg, Germany) is a painter living and working in Kansas City, MO. Mikey's latest physical solo show with Taymour Grahne Projects opened in October 2021. 


Mikey has a BFA from Missouri State University and recently completed an MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been featured in It's Nice That, BOOOOOOOM!, YNGSPC, Create Magazine & Friend of the Artist, and was selected for the MFA annual issue of New American Paintings, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody.


''Ever since I could remember I’ve drawn people. The youngest of four sons, each brother often gathered together at the dinner table with paper and pencils to sketch the various characters that colored our lives: Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, Ryu from Street Fighter or Ken Griffey Jr. from the Mariners. My mother and father’s combined careers in the U.S. Army entrenched our family into a pattern of deployment and relocation. Frequently moving across, over and out of the country, drawing people remained one of the few constants regardless of place or time.


In my childhood I’ve spent winters in Bavaria playing basketball on military installation courts, summers in San Antonio running cross country, and rainy days in the Pacific Northwest walking home from school with plastic bags tied around my shoes to protect them. While no longer constrained by military orders, a pattern of mobility extends into my adult life; I spent time in the Philippines attempting to play for the Philippines Basketball Association, made beats for rappers in Houston and studied painting in Colorado. Through relocation I’ve moved through a variety of worlds and cultures. In order to assimilate, I often shapeshifted my younger self in new surroundings to live as unnoticed as possible. All the while I have keenly observed the settings and people through which the story of my life and those around me took place.


I am interested in the stories places tell about people, and the stories people tell about places. These interests in character and setting carryover into my painting practice and are central to my work. While painting I am finally stationary. I am able to sample multiple places, people, and experiences to build up a visual mosaic of a hybrid existence, curating a space for people to relate to each other.''






SW Londoner, 2021


It's Nice That, 2021

Create Magazine, 2021

Creative Boom, 2021

Artmaze mag, issue 22, 2021

Tomorrow's Talent Vol. II, 2021

Artsy, 2021

Friend of The Artist, 2020

New American Paintings, 2020

Booooooom, 2020

YNGSPC, 2020

Daria, 2020

Inquirer, 2019