Born in Tracy, California, Michael Lucero earned a BA degree from Humboldt State University in 1975 and an MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1978. In the late 1980s, he turned from polychrome clay to cast metal and then began to incorporate both mediums. His work is featured in prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Museum of Arts and Design New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea.

“I see my work as a reverence for high art, affection for folk art, nostalgia for nature, and curiosity about other cultures. I don’t have to weld or chisel wood or carve stone to be able to make sculpture…there were all these wonderful alternatives… [Using clay I could] make something that was [as] justified or legitimate as anyone else… yet have my own identify felt through the work.”