John Powers was born in Chicago and began his studies in art as an apprentice to Tom Jay, a Washington State bronze sculptor. During his six years in the Pacific Northwest, Powers studied anatomy, figurative sculpture, and native carving. He is an alumnus of Pratt Institute's sculpture program – where he made the jump to abstract work – and received his MFA from Hunter College. Powers' work has been shown at PS1, Exit Art, the Kohler Arts Center, Caren Golden, Paul Rodgers/9W, Solomon Fine Art, Art Omi, the Swiss Institute, CUE Arts Foundation, Virgil de Voldere Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.