Glen Rabena was born in Wapato, Washington. He began carving in the Northwest Coast style in Seattle in 1970. The following year he moved to Quesnel, BC. During 1975 and 1976 he studied at the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Art at Ksan.
In 1978 he completed illustrations for "The Birds of Ksan", by Susan Marsden and the Gitksan Studies Advisory Group. These proved to be the foundation for his popular bird serigraphs. Though more illustrative than traditional, Glen's ability to capture the spirit of his subject makes his prints much sought after by both Northwest Coast and Wildlife art collectors.
In 1986-1987 Glen worked with Robert Davidson and his brother Reg Davidson. Projects included various private commissions and the three totem poles at Pepsico's World Headquarters in Purchase, NY.
During the fall of 1990, Glen and Reg were Artists in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco where they carved a traditional thirty foot canoe.
Currently Glen spends most of his time carving wooden masks, boxes and bowls for private collections and galleries. Glen is also a fine engraver in silver and gold and a talented painter on wood and hide. These media Glen treats in a more tradtional mode. He has been commissioned to produce ceremonial objects to be used and given away at potlatches.
Glen lives in Courtenay, BC with his wife and children. In their home on Hornby Island, the Rabenas have, for many years, operated Glen Rabena's Cedar Box Gallery.