John Livingston was born July 21, 1951, in Vancouver, BC. Being raised and educated in Victoria from a young age, John began pursuing his life-long interest in Northwest Coast Native art and culture in 1965 after being closely associated with members of the Henry and Helen Hunt family. Upon graduating from the U of Vic in 1968, he decided to fully pursue Northwest Coast Native art as a career and began carving on a full-time basis.
Livingston, in partnership with Tony Hunt, went on to open the Arts of the Raven Gallery in the late 1960s, and it was only shortly after this that the Hunt family, through the potlatch ceremonies they organized, formally adopted him. For the next fifteen years, not only did he manage the gallery, John was also involved in assisting and teaching over forty Northwest Coast artists who trained and worked in his gallery/workshop.
Throughout the years, John has been fortunate enough to study, train, and work side-by-side with some of the most well-known and respected NWC native artists; Don Yeomans, Robert Davidson, and Art Thompson, to only name a few. He is widely recognized for his many large panels, masks, and poles that have been commissioned for both corporate and private collections around the world.