Tobias Flores, Toby, was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1971 and grew up in Glendale, Arizona. He studied printmaking, drawing and sculpture in San Diego receiving a BA from San Diego State University in 2000. At SDSU he studied metalworking with master sculptor Gerald Dumlao. He studied sculpture and blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale receiving an MFA in 2003. He now lives and works in Hays, Kansas with his wife, Libby and their two boys, Cooper and Oscar. He has exhibited in over one hundred shows throughout the United States, Wales and China.