Born in South Carolina and raised in New York and Virginia, Mitchell Johnson is known for his unique approach to color in both abstract and representational paintings, which often depict bright cityscapes. He attended Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and received his MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Johnson studied with and assisted several prominent artists of the twentieth century, including Abram Schlemowitz (1910–1998), Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), Frank Stella (b. 1936), Sam Francis (1923–1994), Jane Freilicher (1924–2014), and Wolf Kahn (1927–2020). Johnson has embarked on many painting expeditions which have taken him across the United States and abroad. His paintings are in the permanent collections of twenty-nine museums and over 700 private collections. Most recently, his works have been exhibited in Massachusetts at Truro Center for the Arts, in California at Philip Martin Gallery and the Palo Alto Art Center, and in Rome at Villa Taverna. Johnson now resides and works in the California Bay Area.