Peter Millet was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. With an architect father and a musician mother, Millet and his two siblings grew up around and were encouraged to pursue creative activities. At the age of 14 he began drawing the human form after joining a community art league, a concentration that continued on to his studies at Rhode Island School of Design. In 1970 he developed a series of metal sculptures using multiple figures and became fascinated with the space and the figures. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture in 1971.
After graduation he hitchhiked across North Africa and fell in love with the way people created and lived there, the primitive nature of it all. Once he returned to the United States, he traveled out West and found himself in Seattle. Space was inexpensive and he was able to isolate himself and focus on his artwork. With this change in scenery came a change in Millet’s work, after the move the figurative form dropped out of his work. He began to explore more geometric shapes. He continued to make metal sculptures, but wood soon became his media of choice. Moving to the Northwest also gave Millet new inspiration in the abundance of Native American artwork.
Millet resides in Seattle, sharing a studio with his family. Along with creating new works he does a little teaching and works as a freelance courtroom artist.