Mike Sonnichsen spent the first seven years of his life in Puerto Rico, snorkeling, collecting ocean glass, and exploring rain forests. The qualities of tropical light and color snuck into his consciousness yet lay somewhat dormant until he began architecture school. It was there he discovered printmaking as an outlet for his process and color sensibilities. After studying lithography at the Tamarind Institute, he pursued his MFA at the University of New Mexico. There he began experimental color photogram work in earnest, refined his printmaking craft, created light driven sculptures, and accumulated substantial collections of plastic toys and household objects. He currently teaches in the Art + Design Program at the University of Idaho.
Inspired by geometric order, he continues to explore color, systems, and the transformation of ordinary objects through print and photographic means.