Born and raised in Pahoa, Hawaii, Liv Johnson spent her formative years in the rural areas of the island, surrounded by the active landscapes of thick rainforests, rocky coastlines and a live volcano. She earned her BA at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where her position as Printmaking Studio Assistant allowed her the opportunity to work with artists such as Willie Cole, Crystal Wagner, and John Hitchcock. This included being a printer for the UH Hilo Visiting Artist Print Collection, editioning for artists such as Karen Kunc, Yuji Hiratsuka, and Khalid Kodi.

In 2015 she moved to Lubbock, TX where she earned her MFA at Texas Tech University in printmaking and sculpture. While her primary emphasis is in printmaking her portfolio has branched out into other mediums, developing works that explore sound, light, installation, and a wide variety of materials. She has also published the first scientific illustrations of four newly discovered species of Cyrtandra in the peer-reviewed journal Phytokeys. As an active member of the printmaking community she is regularly conducting workshops and demos, curating exhibitions, attending conferences, and participating in exchange portfolios.

She now lives in Houston where she continues to develop her studio work at Burning Bones Press and is an instructor for the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.