Born in Toronto Mike Childs received his BFA from the University of Guelph, Canada, and an MFA from Florida State University. He is the recipient of several awards including a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Project Award. At 26 he received the a award to live, paint and teach in Florence from Florida State that cemented his desire to work in the urban environment. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Robert Henry Contemporary, where he has had numerous solo and two person shows. He maintains a studio in the south Bronx.

After a childhood in Toronto, Childs moved to New York in 1995 and has been working on his patterned architecturally based abstractions ever since. The constantly changing urban environment and how humans negotiate this space is of main concern to Childs and continually informs his work. Influences of urban icons such as old bridges, crumbling walls, graffiti art and the signage of the south Bronx have began to seep into his work.