Clifton Riley was born and raised in the panhandle of Texas and earned his BFA from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2006. He interned at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas during his final semester and was hired as an assistant printer upon graduation where he also taught the Beginning Intaglio course. In 2007, Clifton was the Artist-in-Residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and also cofounded Interbirth Books, a small press dedicated to producing handcrafted books of poetry, prose, plays, and prints. Clifton earned his MFA from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May 2013. At UTK, he was a Graduate Teaching Associate and instructed in the Foundations Program and Printmaking Department. During the summer of 2012, he traveled to Poland where he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. He most recently taught in the foundations program at Texas State University-San Marcos during the fall semester of 2013. His work has been shown internationally at locations including Ekaterinburg, Russia; Tokyo, Japan; Wrocław, Poland; and El Minia, Egypt and nationally including New York, NY; Boston, MA; Washington D.C., and Austin, TX. He currently lives and works in Houston, TX.