Ed Davin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He came to New York in 1962 to study painting and sculpture, receiving his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. He lived on Staten Island from 1966 to 2018. He was a teacher in the New York City High Schools for twenty-five years. He has exhibited his paintings and wall reliefs widely and became interested in video and photography in the 1970's.