Born in Dublin and now living in Galway, John Behan studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin; Ealing Art College, London; and the Royal Academy School, Oslo. He helped establish the Project Arts Centre Dublin in 1967 and the Dublin Art Foundry in 1970. The Office of Public Works in Dublin commissioned Arrival, a bronze sculpture of a famine ship, seven metres long and eight metres high, with 150 bronze figures on deck and disembarking, for presentation to the United Nations by the Government of Ireland in 2000. The piece is sited on the Plaza by the river at the UN headquarters
in New York.