Will Barnet knew he wanted to be an artist when he was 10 years old. He was born in Massachussets and went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He watched John Singer Sargent work on the Boston Public Library murals . Barnet moved to New York City in 1930 and took classes at the Art Students League, he became their official printer and taught there.
Barnet\’s works can be found in most major museum collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and Museum of Fine Art, Boston.