Born in the English Channel Islands, Josh M. G. Yates moved permanently to the east coast, USA , eventually settling in New York City. He holds a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.

In his paintings, esoteric phenomena and landscape imagery are rendered as abstracted layers of color. Also incorporated are drawn elements and other mark making. Repeating symbols are suspended, and intricate images often embedded onto the canvas surface.