Jim Pirtlewas born in Houston, TX in 1960. He went to
Baylor University in Waco, TX and after college he moved to Austin, TX and got
a job as an orderly at the Austin State Hospital. He learned art from his
peers, including Nestor Topchy and Mark Flood. He creates paintings, video, nonfiction
prose and performance. He owns and runs a social sculpture/bar &
performance space called Notsuoh in downtown Houston.