Ian O'Brien was born in Forth Worth, Texas in 1979. In 2003 Ian received a double major in Drawing/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 has taught both studio art courses and art appreciation course at colleges and universities across the state of Texas. He has also taught workshops and given lecturers at various institutions of higher learning.