Ben Steele was born in Cambridge, MA on September 14th, 1982, the only child of Barbara and David Steele. As a child he lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years. He grew up predominantly in Gaithersburg, MD, attended Quince Orchard High School and was accepted into Albert Einstein Magnet School for the Visual Arts in his senior year. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he met the love of his life and was awarded a B.F.A. in painting in 2004. In 2003, he attended Yale’s Norfolk Summer Residency program for the visual arts. After Graduation, he moved to Massachusetts, where he continued painting and began to teach. He taught students of all ages at The Art Center of Chelmsford, began an after-school program for inner city youth at The Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, and taught at Artists For Humanity, located in South Boston. He attended Maryland Institute College of Art where he was awarded an M.F.A. in 2008. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Lee, teaches visual art at The Westminster Schools, and continues to paint and show his work.