Lee Swanson was born in Maplewood, Minnesota and resided there until 2003, when he relocated to Pueblo, Colorado. After graduating high school in 2007, he ventured across various parts of the United States and Canada in search of artistic inspiration and a better understanding of different cultures. He returned to Minnesota early in the Summer of 2008, and later moved to the primarily francophone border town of Fort Kent, Maine. He has since returned to Colorado and has recently moved back to Pueblo after spending time in Manitou Springs honing in on his skills as an artist. He is currently in pursuit of his Associates in Art at Pueblo Community College.