Blu was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a BA in Business, emphasis on Arts Management, a Entrepreneur Certificate, and a BFA in Painting. He is currently living in San Francisco where he received a MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Blu is a Type One Diabetic. He works full time and spends free time doing what he loves, making art . Diabetes is financially crippling so any income from his art sales is put towards Insulin, doctor visits, and other materials for diabetes management. To bring awareness and fight for a cure to diabetes, Blu donates 5% of each art sale towards JDRF Bay Area. (For more details email bluvoelker@gmail.com)