Born in New York City in 1947, John Okulick received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Okulick is fascinated by the illusion of space between reality and fantasy. He strives to capture this space by combining high-tech materials with more natural and traditional materials such as wood, gold leaf, and paint. Okulick’s public artworks give the viewer a sense of depth that is based on the artist’s construction or perspective.
John Okulick has worked on numerous public and private commissions, most of them in metal for outdoor installation. He has created free-standing grand scale sculptures, metalwork design on buildings, gateways and monumental, sculptural fences. Okulick's exclusive use of wood—his signature material is prevalent in his greater body of work. Okulick has exhibited at the Delaware Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum.