Sean Avery was born in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Art and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, in 1991. His art training focussed on watercolor with landscape being the main subject. He is the son of March Avery Cavanaugh and the grandson of Milton Avery, and the administrator of the Milton Avery Trust in New York City.
Avery comments, “Growing up in a family of painters and photographers, I’d always thought that I would do something else. That something was never powerful enough to compete with making art. I try to be true to my own vision, not letting my family’s imagery overly influence my artistic expression.”