Shane Cullen was born in Longford in 1957. He studied painting and drawing at Sligo IT. He first started exhibiting his work publicly in 1979. Since 1991, he has been exhibiting his work in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and at the Lodz Biennale in Poland in 2004. His work is held in public and private collections both in Ireland and abroad. His art is concerned with documenting changes and events of historical or political importance which affect the everyday lives of his generation and his contemporaries.