Mick Rooney was born in Epsom, Surrey and studied at Wimbledon School of Art 1962-64 and Royal College of Art 1964-7. He lives in Mortlake. Rooney won the Rome Scholarship, attending the British School in Rome 1967-8. A highly regarded figurative artist, known for lively café and crowd scenes, Rooney was elected to the Royal Academy in 1991. He exhibited from the early 1960s with solo shows at Fulham Gallery, London, Amsterdam and the Hague. He has since shown widely internationally, including in the United States and in the UK at venues such as New Grafton Gallery and elsewhere.