John J. Swatek was born in Cheyenne Wyoming in October of 1963 and was raised in Southern California. Swatek studied art in high school, continued on through college then went on to spend the next twenty five years trying to grow as an artist. In the beginning Swatek used airbrush almost exclusively. After eight years Swatek added the use of traditional hand brushes to give more character and dimension to his work. Swatek spent many years pursuing his passion for the human figure. Swatek continues to study and advance the complexity of his work. Swatek lists his influences as Michelangelo Merisi daCaravaggio, Norman Rockwell, as well as, Leonardo da Vinci. Swatek moved to South Dakota the year of 1992 and now calls Avon, South Dakota his permanent home.