Hollis Dunlap was born in 1977 in Northern Vermont in the USA, and has been painting since the age of 14. After beginning his study of realist painting in high school, he went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graduating in 1999 after painting and drawing the figure extensively for four years. While at the Academy, he was the first painter to be awarded First Prize at New York's National Arts Club student exhibition for two consecutive years. Hollis was the recipient of the John Stobart Fellowship, awarded each year to a graduating student in recognition of outstanding work, and he is also a 2 time grantee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In the winter of 2001, Hollis studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, with a focus of painting the figure in the interior space. Since then he has had numerous solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami, and currently paints and teaches painting in Southeastern CT.