Painter, and printmaker, Ian McKeever was born in 1946 in Whiternsea, Yorkshire. In 1965 he moved to London to study English literature at Avery Hill College and in 1969, largely self- taught, he began to paint. His first solo exhibition was in 1973 at the ICA in London. He was a Lecturer at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1984-1987 and in 1993 he was Guest Professor at the Stadel Schule in Frankfurt. Recently, he has been a Lecturer in post-graduate painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Over the last fifteen years McKeever has traveled extensively in connection with his work to places such as the Faroe Islands, Lappland, Tasmania, Greenland, Siberia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. In 2001 he was appointed Visiting Professor to the University of Brighton. Awards include the prestigious DAAD award to work in Berlin in 1989 and the Honorary Fellow of the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.