by Ariadna Zierold
Growing up, Mike Bilz spent the majority of his youth watching cartoons and drawing. He ventured out to Los Angeles to attend Otis College of Art and Design. In 2006 he graduated from Otis College with a Bachelors in Illustration.
Bilz’s work walks the fine line between adorable and disturbing; giving life to the odd little thoughts that permeate his imagination by creating eccentric characters that are both endearing and upsetting. Most often his characters are pulled right from the pages of his sketchbook, happy accidents born of boredom and carried on by a wandering stream of consciousness. Other times the monsters are a wrapping for a deeper meaning, transforming everyday thoughts and events into scenes of horrid beauty and humor. But mostly he just gets a kick out of robots and monsters.