Yatika Starr Fields was raised in a family of artists; his mother works in ceramics and his father is a photographer. He currently lives in Tulsa, and grew up in Tahlequah, in northeastern Oklahoma, whose nature and landscape continues to influence his work today. While attending the Art Institute of Boston and living in New York, Fields became interested in graffiti aesthetics. He has completed murals as large as one hundred fifty feet long and forty feet high in cities such as Portland, Oregon; Oklahoma City; Phoenix; and Santa Fe. For “Art for a New Understanding,” Fields has painted a large-scale, site-specific mural in downtown Bentonville.