Benjamin Butler (b. 1975 in Westmoreland, Kansas and raised in Wamego, Kansas) studied painting at Emporia State University before earning his MA in Fine Art in 2000 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York City soon after and only two years later Team Gallery held his first solo show of paintings. Butler soon earned critical success for his artworks showcasing mountains and trees, so much that international recognition arrived soon after with exhibitions held in New York City, Toronto, Tokyo, Vienna, London, Berlin, Austin, Basel, and Los Angeles. His work has been included in MoMA PS1's survey exhibition, Greater New York, in 2005.