Cameron MacLeod was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 20, 1958. He completed an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. He also studied in London, Trois Rivières, and at The Banff School under the mentorship of Takao Tanabe and Alan Wood, who were important influences on his art. He also spent time travelling through Europe in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. MacLeod won various awards and scholarships, and showed six exhibitions of his work during his lifetime.