Johnnie Grinder

As a child, Johnnie had ventured through the giant labyrinth of tunnels that lay out underneath his city of San Diego; he explored them endlessly and discovered that many of the city’s neighborhoods were connected by side tunnels, which could be accessed through the manhole covers. Later, Grinder headed to U.C. Berkeley to study English literature and anthropology while continuing to fill his sketchbooks and journals. He pursued his MFA in the prestigious animation workshop at UCLA.

After spending nearly every waking moment working on his dream worlds, the artist eventually stepped back and began applying his artwork to the canvas and to murals. He painted murals in Prague, Czech Republic, Taipei, Taiwan, and Siem Reap, Cambodia. This led to the completion of Grinder’s first book, The Tunnels of the Mind, and opened him up to the international art scene where he has been commissioned by collectors throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S.