The fourth of five children, Pettibon earned a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating from college, Pettibon worked briefly as a high-school math teacher, but soon set out to launch a career as a professional artist. A cult figure among underground music devotees for his early work associated with the Los Angeles punk rock scene, Pettibon has acquired an international reputation as one of the foremost contemporary American artists working with drawing, text, and artist's books. Retrospectives of his work have been held at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum in New York.
Stas Orlovski was born in Kishinev, Moldova in 1969. His family fled the Soviet Union for Tel Aviv, later moving to Paris to finally settle in Toronto, Canada. Orlovski completed his undergraduate education in Toronto and received his MFA from the University of Southern California. Orlovski has exhibited his work widely throughout the U.S. with one-person shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His work has been acquired by prominent public and private collections including the American Embassy in Brussels, The Progressive Corporation, and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. Orlovski has been awarded fellowships by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Yaddo Corporation and the Art Omi International Art Center. Most recently, Orlovski was a recipient of the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA) and the J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship from the California Community Foundation.