He studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1959 to 1963 then continued his studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Ohio State University in Columbus.
He moved back to New York City in 1964 and remained there until 1978, when he moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University during the 1980s. In 1990, he moved to Hawaii, where he lived and worked until 2003.
He currently lives in Florida.
The Brooklyn Museum (New York City), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Rhode Island School of Design-Museum of Art (Providence, Rhode Island), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City), and the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio) are among the public collections holding work by John Seery. This artist should not be confused with the wildlife artist John Seerey-Lester.