Morris Barazani lives today Chicago where he has been part of this city's modernist community since the 1950s. He was originally drawn to Chicago by the Constructivist teachings of the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) where he worked with Moholy Nagy. In 1948 he went to the Cranbrook Academy outside Detroit. After graduating he returned to Chicago where his work began to take on Abstract Expressionist tones, which generally went against the grain in a city that honored surrealism and figural work.
Barazani eventually founded the art department at DePaul University and in 1969 was asked to serve as director of the School of Art and Design at the Circle Campus, University of Illinois at Chicago.