Robert Holyhead was born in Trowbridge, UK in 1974. He lives and works in London. He studied at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (BA Hons, Fine Art, Painting 1993–96) and at the Chelsea School of Art and Design, London (MA Fine Art, Painting, 1996–97).  In 2005 he was a recipient of the five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency. In 2009–10 he was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce two site-specific works for the New British Embassy and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels. Notable collections include: The Arts Council Collection, the Government Art Collection and the Tate Collection, London.