Laurel Shear was born in San Francisco in 1984. She received her BA from San Francisco State University in 2009 and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied fine art abroad at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. She has been awarded fellowships to study at Tyler School of Art - Summer Painting Intensive (2011) and Ox-Bow School of Art (2013). Shear has shown across the United States, including Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco, Not Gallery in Austin Texas, The Ice Box in Philadelphia, TSA LA and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
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