Shanti Shea An studied painting at the ANU School of Art & Design in Canberra, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016. In 2019, she completed a Master of Art History & Curatorial Studies at the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory, with a thesis on the subject of thresholds in seventeenth-century Dutch painting.

She is a current PhD candidate at the ANU, undertaking practice-led research into the relationship between painting and textuality.