Cian McLoughlin is one of Ireland's foremost contemporary artists. Writing in the cover story of the autumn 2014 issue of 'The Irish Arts Review', Brendan Rooney said of the artist that he is "invigorated by the uncertainty inherent in the creative process. Working without any prescribed vision, he embraces the challenges and impediments he encounters in his work and favours a method of engagement, detachment and re-engagement in the realization of his compositions."

Born in 1977, McLoughlin is an architecture graduate who went on to take a masters in film studies in UCD. He recently completed an MFA at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.