Evan Burnette is multi-media artist living in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Springfield, Illinois, his mother (now retired) was a community theater organizer and U.S. History teacher, his father a professional photographer. Evan graduated with his BFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. After graduation Evan moved to the Pacific Northwest where he taught glassblowing to the public in both Oregon and Alaska, and in 2008 Evan started his own company, Local Art Glass. To date, Evan has completed six solo shows across the country. His work has received finalist status in The Illinois Governor’s Colligate Art Competition, The Rickert Ziebolt Trust Awards, The National Sculpture Society Awards, and the Niche Awards, among others. His work was also recently featured in the Corning Museum of Glass's New Glass Review 38. Evan recently received his MFA from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana.
His art focuses on the integration of many of the tenets of early twentieth-century Surrealist thought, and psychological, aesthetic and ethical issues related to humor. He is interested in the concepts of both physical and mental play, disengagements from both the seriousness of both life, and the fine art world. His works deal in absurdist humor, which is predicated on silliness and nonsense. He refers to his work as "Comic Surrealism."