Allan Graham was born in San Francisco, California in 1943. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1965. He also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Jose State University.
In 1985 Graham was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting and in 1996 he moved to the mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2000, Graham (with collaborating printer, Bill Lagattuta) produced a series of two- color lithographs at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.