Travis Louie was born in Queens, New York.
He went to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated with a degree from the communication design dept. with the intent on pursuing a freelance illustration career. After a few years freelancing, he created a body of paintings and began showing them in local art galleries.
He has created a world populated by curiosities, sideshow barkers, Krampus' and human creatures. To achieve the dramatic “mood” in his paintings, they are produced primarily in black and white or limited color.
Although Travis Louie has become notable in the world of Pop Surrealism or Lowbrow, his work is unique and in many ways defies categorization.