Steve Johnson was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and moved to San Francisco in 1996. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in printmaking and painting in 2003 and received an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Arizona State University in 2008. In 2011, Johnson had solo exhibitions at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Blackburn 20/20 in New York City, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. Steve Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at the College of Charleston.