Ian O'Brien was born in Forth Worth, Texas in 1979. In 2003 Ian received a double major in Painting and Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas (UNT) were he focused on drawing and watercolor. In 2008 Ian completed his MFA with a focusing in mixed media installation at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
Ian teachers Art Appreciation at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX (2009), Drawing at UTSA (2007-09), and has taught sketching in the galleries at both the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).
Recently, Ian has given lectures at Metaforta School of Art in Barcelona (2007), the Texas Art Education Association's Annual Conference (2006), and taught workshops at both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.