Niall Naessens was born in Dublin in 1961. He is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design. He has a long association with the Graphic Studio Dublin and was a director between 2001 and 2006. He more recently set up, and now manages, Cló Cill Rialaig (print workshop) on behalf of the Cill Rialaig Project. Although primarily a printmaker he also paints. He is a figurative landscape artist with a particular interest in the sea. Naessens now lives in Brandon in West Kerry with his wife and family.