Anthony Discenza was born in New Jersey in 1967 and currently resides in Oakland, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in studio art at Wesleyan University in 1990 and an MFA at California College of Arts and Crafts in 2000. Since the late 1990s Discenza's work has focused primarily on the omnipresence of mainstream media. In addition to his personal work, he devotes a great deal of time to HalfLifers, an ongoing collaboration with longtime friend and fellow video artist Torsten Z. Burns.
Discenza's solo and collaborative work has been shown at numerous national and international venues, including The New York Video Festival, The Pacific Film Archive, The Impakt Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the 2000 Whitney Biennial, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Discenza is currently represented by The Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and the Video Databank of Chicago.