Evan Burnette was born in Springfield, Illinois. From a young age he has participated regularly in both the visual and performing arts. He graduated with a BFA in glass art from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2005. Burnette moved to the Pacific Northwest where he taught glassblowing in Oregon and Alaska. In 2015, he returned to school at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While earning his MFA, he diversified his artistic practice, working with new media in addition to glass. While in graduate school he found a new artistic voice, concentrating on what he refers to as Comic Surrealism.
Evan has two separate lines of work. His company, Local Art Glass LLC, focuses on decorative glass design for the home, while his fine art line focuses on the integration of many of the tenets of early twentieth-century Surrealist thought, and psychological, aesthetic and ethical issues related to humor. He is interested in the concepts of both physical and mental play, disengagements from both the seriousness of both life, and the fine art world. His works deal in absurdist humor, which is predicated on silliness and nonsense. He refers to his work as “Comic Surrealism.”