Born in 1944 and studied at Sutton and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, The Royal College of Art and The British School in Rome. He has taught at several art colleges in the UK and has been Head of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991.
Mick Rooney’s work strives to continue a narrative, poetic and humanistic tradition in painting. Mankind is central to his work, sometimes in stories from his own personal history, his travels and small events of everyday life. His paintings explore the inner mythologies, neurosis, dreams and secrets that are so much a part of today’s social landscape.
He has had many solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and Europe and the USA. His work is in many public collections throughout the world including The Financial Times, A J Kearney, London Transport, De Beers, Foundation Ralli (Punta del Este, Uruguay), the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Jerwood Foundation. Also, he has work in private collections including Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Mann, Paul Theroux, HM Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal College of Art and Barings Bank.