A Southern California native, John Millei divides his time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA. Millei began painting in the late 1970s, and while he has concentrated on a variety of subjects throughout his career, he is always focused on exploring and challenging contemporary modes of formalist painting. Largely self-taught, Millei is a celebrated member of the Los Angeles art community and a respected painting teacher having taught at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA from 1987 to 2017, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA from 1991 to 2015, and SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, CA from 1995 to 2000.
He has exhibited at galleries both nationally and internationally, including Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Galerie PCP, Paris, France; Ace Gallery, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and CDMX, Mexico; and Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. Millei’s works are represented in important collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Velan Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; and Dib Bangkok Museum, Bangkok, Thailand. John Millei’s works have been reviewed and discussed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Tema Celeste and Artforum to name a few.