Mikey Yates is a young Filipino American painter born in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. The son of an immigrant mother in the Army, he has called Germany, Washington, Texas, Arizona, and Hawaii home. After briefly living in Manila and interning for RDS Design Builders, Mikey enrolled in the painting program at Missouri State University and graduated with a BFA in 2016. Currently living in Springfield, Missouri, Mikey is a resident artist at the artist-run Idea X Factory, where he assists in curation.