Johnny Lee Pudlat was born on December 7, 1971 in Iqaluit – formerly known as Frobisher Bay – located on the southeastern tip of Baffin Island.
His father, the late Saila Pudlat, was a well-known carver. His mother, Padloo Saila Pudlat, is also an artist and still carves toady. Johnny Lee currently resides in Cape Dorset. As with most Cape Dorset artists, Johnny Lee prefers to carve depctions of animals native to the Arctic.