Steven Baris was born in Aberdeen Washington and grew up on various American Indian reservations in Northern California, Montana, and Washington State. He received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He lives and teaches art in the Philadelphia area. He has exhibited widely throughout North America and Europe; his work is represented in Philadelphia by the Pentimenti gallery, in Denver by the Space Gallery, and in New York by both ODETTA and Kathryn Markel Fine Art Galleries.