Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives and works in New York City and San Juan. Cruet received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño en Puerto Rico and a Master in Fine Arts - DIAP (Digital Interdisciplinary Art Practice) and from CUNY - The City College of New York, and a Master in Education from the College of Saint Rose; was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award in 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile and in 2018 was a Fellow at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City, and a fellow from The Laundromat Project an organization that focuses on the arts and social engagement in New York City. In 2021 he continued research to art projects at a residency in the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, Ecuador.
Cruet uses multiple mediums including experimental digital printing processes, performance, and audiovisual installations to confront issues that concern ecology, geopolitics, and technology. Cruet's artworks have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse (2017); and a solo exhibition at the Bronx River Art Center (2015) in 2021 a solo exhibition at El Lobi in San Juan Puerto Rico and it was reviewed at the Latinx Project and have been reviewed Made in Mind Magazine, designboom, and Latinx Spaces. He has participated in artist residencies including Art Omi residency 2018 and SHIFT 2022 at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Cruet works with the New York City Department of Education, as well as multiple nonprofits that promote art and aesthetic education for inner city immigrant youth. And in 2020, Cruet co-founded an independent art organization in Puerto Rico banasta: residencia artistica that offers an artist residency and sessions of art criticism to develop the artist production.