Ev Niewochner holds history degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He also studied art at several universities. After teaching at the high school level for four years, he owned and operated an art gallery in Los Angeles. Teaching opportunities brought him to Tennessee where he taught for twenty one years.
In 1999, Niewochner retired from teaching which allowed him to concentrate on his first love – oil painting – which he now does full time. Although he works with a number of genres, the subject of music has dominated the bulk of his body of work.