Ken Gonzales-Day (born 1964, Santa Clara, CA) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles best known for his photo-based conceptual projects exploring identity and the construction of race. He currently works at Scripps College as the head of the Art Department and as a professor of photography.
Born in 1964 in Santa Clara, CA to mixed race parents Gonzales-Day spent his childhood in Northern California and Idaho. In early adulthood he moved to New York and earned his BFA from Pratt Institute in 1987 and his MA from Hunter College in 1991. In 1992, after graduating from Hunter, he spent a year at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Independent Study Program. He moved back to California in the mid 90’s where he earned his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1995.