Born in Dun Laoghaire Rod Coyne studied locally before graduating from the Crawford College of Art in Cork. After 10 years working in his Düsseldorf studio, he returned to Ireland in 1999. The same year saw Rod as winner of the prestigious London South Bank Banner competition. The artist exhibits extensively in Ireland and abroad including the Origin Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, RUA, Solomon Gallery, London, Europe and the USA. His paintings grace private, public and corporate collections alike, including Irish Central Bank, Bank of Ireland, Department of Justice, the Shelbourne Hotel (Dublin), OPW, Gerling Global Insurances (Germany) and Roland International Legal Insurance (Germany). Private collections include F1 boss Eddie Jordan, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, TV presenter Diarmuid Gavin, RTE anchor Bryan Dobson, actor Frank Kelly, author Marian Keyes, solicitor Gerald Kean and German ambassador Gottfried Haas. Rod now lives and works in Co. Wicklow where he founded his studio/gallery in the Vale of Avoca.