Owen York was born in 1978 in Libertyville, Illinois. He was raised in Round Lake Beach, a Chicago suburb.
As a child, he would paint, draw and write stories. He won Young Author Awards and was in gifted programs. He played the piano as well as three types of saxophone. In elementary school he was introduced to the French Impressionists, which would heavily influence his work. Claude Monet was a favorite, having seen a Monet exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In his teens, he continued his art and writing endeavors, particularly focusing on Fine Art, poetry, essays and literature. Here his art was additionally influenced by rock music, science-fiction, film, video games and comic books.
He received his degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. This school was chosen for its access to professional working techniques, media and many well-known alumni. It is here he honed his craft as a figure and portrait artist, which led to many portraits and commissioned works. Though he received a degree in Illustration, this was not pursued as it was not his ambition as an artist. However, the academic experience did very much influence his work.
In his twenties, being interested in film, he started acting as a launchpad. He earned a respectable resume of indie film, TV, radio and commercial work. He continued as an artist in these years, refining his style and body of sold works & commissions.
After traversing many of The Arts, in 2008, he decided to focus strictly on Fine Art. His work from that point to modern day has been additionally influenced by American culture, politics, government, patriotism, business, firearms and post-apocalyptic themes.
He works primarily in mixed-media and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his lovely wife and two beautiful children.