Stephen Allwood was born in 1959 in Fiji. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Canterbury University, majoring in printmaking. During this period he spent a year painting icons on the walls of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration in the Wairarapa.

Stephen's studio is in Martinborough where he lives with his partner Jo Crabb and helps run Carême cooking classes at Palliser Estate. Stephen exhibits regularly at Bowen Galleries and Orexart in Auckland.