Austin Young was born in Reno, Nevada. He studied painting at Parson's School of Design in Paris. In the late 80’s, Young moved back to the United States, and began making portraits of performance artists and underground icons in New York.
Young is renowned for his idiosyncratic, insightful studies of well-known celebrities and performers. Some of his celebrity subjects include Debbie Harry, Margaret Cho, Amy Poehler, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Hagen and Siouxsie Sioux. His most recent work focuses attention on the world of androgynies, transsexuals and drag queens. Some of these personalities include Leigh Bowery, Jackie Beat, Squeaky Blonde, Jeffree Star, Varla Jean Merman, Dame Edna, Amanda Lepore, and Lypsinka. He has garnered favorable critical notice from media outlets such as Taschen’s 1000 Favorite Websites, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Elegy, Photo Digitalis and Premonition. Young’s work has regularly appeared in Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, Surface, Flaunt, Vogue, Spin, Rolling Stone, and many others.
In addition, his film work has obtained much recognition at film festivals around the world. This year his short film "Strange Fruit" was awarded "Best Experimental Short" at the Silver Lake Film Festival. In 2003, his film "The Stroke" won "Best Short of 2003" on ADD-TV. The feature length documentary, "Queen of the Boogie," about torch singer Hadda Brooks, will show at festivals in 2008.