Steven Levin is a self-taught artist. Born in Chicago in 1949, he began honing his art at the early age of 15. His influences include comic books (particularly the underground tiles of the 1960s), Chinese and Japanese art, and the artwork of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.
In the early 1970s, Steven became the art editor for the Gabba Gabba Gazette, Chicago's only magazine focused exclusively on punk music and culture. In his work, he had mixed cartoon characters with religious icons, always representing the struggle between light and dark, and between tranquility and confusion.