Brian Maguire was born in Bray, Co. Wicklow, in 1951, he was educated at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. He subsequently taught at both institutions, and was appointed professor and head of the fine art faculty at NCAD in 2000.
His expressionistic drawings and paintings typically explore themes of sexual and political alienation, and he has also created works using video, photography, and large billboard posters. He has been artist-in-residence at prisons in Ireland, Poland, and the U.S., at the Bayview Correction Center for women in Manhattan, which resulted in a project exhibition at the White Box gallery and a billboard on 10th Avenue (2002). He represented Ireland at the 1998 Sao Paulo Bienal, and created the "Casa de Cultura" series based on people from that city's favelas.
An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom
Since 2009 Brian Maguire has traveled on a number of occasions to Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. Described as the most violent city on earth, this is a place where the most heinous of crimes are often met with impunity. On a journey to uncover and bring to international attention the endemic injustices and cyclical nature of the violence that occurs in this place Maguire has involved and collaborated with a number of artists, journalists and human rights activists, in an effort to uncover what it is that perpetuates this violence and strengthen the voice calling to attention the grave situation that has come to define this place.