Mark Why (or Mark Yappueying for short) was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Southeast Michigan. Why received his BFA in New Media at the University of Toledo in 2016. He self-published his first photography and machine illustrations book, Ink on Paper, in 2016, which focused on a binary understanding between machine and human aesthetic in image-making. Why explores the exchange of elements found in digital media and the natural world. Why exhibited his first solo show, Strange Terrain in Toledo, OH and currently lives in Buffalo, NY, working at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.