John Rutkowski (b. 1968) grew up in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in Springfield, Missouri. Heavily interested in art since childhood, John attended the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and then went on to receive his BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

John’s richly layered and textural style along with a keen interest in conceptual problem solving resulted in an initial path heavily focused on editorial illustration. This was a great growth period and although it garnered much opportunity and national recognition, John was still determined to find a path to his own personal expression. WIth a strong Interest in the reduction of the more literal expression, the layers, textures and objects that once represented a backdrop to his smaller scale editorial work have now become the heart and focus of his larger scale personal works.