Juan Fontanive grew up climbing the rusted iron bridges of downtown Cleveland. He drew machines at Montessori school and made claymations in high school. At Syracuse University he majored in English and Textual Studies while making 16mm experimental films. He moved to New York City in 1999. In 2004, while at the Royal College of Art, London, he invented machines that breathe spirits into Victorian clocks. Currently his studio is in a buzzing factory in Bushwick, NYC.