Hugh Kearney was born and raised in New Brunswick. After a brief stint at the University of New Brunswick during the mid 80s, he graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. During the past 20 years, Kearney has shown his work in New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, as well as New York, where he currently resides. His work is included in several private collections in Canada, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand. His work can also be seen in numerous corporate collections across Canada.