Born in New York City in 1947, John Okulick received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Okulick is fascinated by the illusion of space between reality and fantasy. He strives to capture this space by combining high-tech materials with more natural and traditional materials such as wood, gold leaf, and paint. Okulick’s public artworks give the viewer a sense of depth that is based on the artist’s construction or perspective. Okulick's work has been commissioned for the Ronald Reagan State Building, Los Angeles; a Metrolink Station, Los Angeles; McCormick Convention Complex Collection, Chicago; and the City of Reno Regional Transportation Office and Conference Center. The artist's work is represented in many major public collections among them Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and Il Museo delle Ceramiche Grazia, Deruta, Italy. The artist lives and works in southern California.