Born in Torrance, California in 1977, Michael Heltebrake has been creating since he was a young boy. In grade school he would draw large maps of the world to scale with great detail and often doodled with ink. He first picked up a paint brush around the age of 19 and has since fine-tuned his self-taught skills. Heltebrake has done live painting at festivals such as Bounce, Lucidity, Lightening in a Bottle and Symbiosis among many others. With a background in carpentry, many of his paintings are on found objects such as doors, skateboards as well as full wall murals and skate ramps. He currently works and resides in the Reno/Tahoe area and travels often for exhibits.