Kelley Johnson was born (1973) in Houston, Texas and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Growing up in the mid-west Kelley began working in construction at a young age, using materials commonly found in wood framed houses. He was influenced by the idea and process of framing, applying it to his structures and spaces. His work has been featured in publications such as The Miami Herald, Artnet, Art Zealous, New American Paintings, Miami Rail, WERKS and others.