Johnny Manning was born in 1956 in Cape Dorset. He currently resides in Cape Dorset, but has also lived in Lake Harbour. He comes from a long line of artists.
King is the son of a well-known artist Iyola Kingwasiak (father) and graphic artist Pootoogook Kingwasiak (mother) both from Cape Dorset. Two older brothers Goo and Johnny with one sister Kaluituq are also living in Cape Dorset.