Akiane Kramarik was born on July 9, 1994, in Mount Morris, Illinois, to a Lithuanian mother and a non-practicing Catholic American father.
Her education began at a parochial school, but she was later homeschooled.
Regarding her influences and motivation, she states:
"Religious art of sculptures, reliefs and paintings in one of the parochial schools I attended greatly influenced my later attraction to legendary figures. For the first time I got to encounter the world's view of what divinity was supposed to be, but deep down I felt that I perceived everything in a much broader and deeper sense. It appeared to me as if most people were completely ignorant of other realities, or that the realities they perceived were seen only from a very narrow angle."
Akiane Kramarik is a self-taught painter and claims that Jesus spoke to her when she was four years old, encouraging her to draw and paint her visions. She is also a sensitive poet. She began to draw at the age of four, was painting at six, and began to write poetry at seven. She painted Jesus at the age of 8 years old - Prince of Peace representing a well-known painting of her.
Her first completed self-portrait sold for US$10,000.
By age 12, she had completed sixty large paintings. Some of her works have been purchased by the US Embassy in Singapore.
Until this moment she has completed over 200 artworks and 800 literary works and has published two best-selling books.
Kramarik's paintings are often allegorical as well as spiritual.