Misha Kligman was born in Kazan, Soviet Union in 1978, and immigrated to US with his family as a refugee in 1995. He received his BA in Art from Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) in 2001 and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Kansas in 2009. Kligman is the recipient of the 2015 Charlotte Street Visual Art Fellowship and completed a three-year residency at Studios INC, Kansas City. Kligman is a founding member of Plug Projects, where he served as a co-director from 2011 to 2016. Kligman lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.