Rolando Palacio was born in 1983 of Mexican immigrant parents. For most of his life he traveled throughout the US as a farm laborer which directly impacts his art and the way he views the world. As a child, his introduction to the arts began through a summer youth program that provided schooling for migrant youth with the goal of attracting them to education rather than agricultural labor.
In 2010, Palacio received his BFA from Michigan State University. Subsequently he attended the Art and Design Masters program at the University of Michigan where he received his MFA. He presently resides in the New Orleans, Louisiana, area where he continues to document the Latina/o experience.