Born in Dublin in 1972, he graduated from the NCAD with a degree in Painting in 1996. After painting in Dublin for a number of years, he moved to Cork in 1999 to do an MSc. in Multimedia Technology at UCC.Since graduating art college Ciarán has continued to paint consistently and his work has featured in a number of group exhibitions, including at the Hallward and Ashford Galleries in Dublin and the Fenton Gallery in Cork. In 2000, he won the Iontas Drawing award at Sligo Art Gallery and currently has work in the touring Iontas Awards Winners Show 2004.In 2003 Ciarán was offered a studio at Backwater Artists Group where he currently continues to work.
His most recent pieces use the figure as an initial point of departure. From here they explore how the human form can be abstracted, revealing greater visual possibilities and meanings. This process evolves on both a conscious and unscious level. Working at speed and with dynamic energy the lines within the drawings seek to glimpse the human form (condition) in a world of constant flux, revealing moments of clarity that seem to rarely last.