Born in 1956, John Coll has always been amazed by the Natural World and intrigued by its structures, textures and relationships, so it seemed natural to study Zoology at NUI Galway, which led to a BSc Hons in Marine Biology. In tandem with this study and as a way of trying to understand the natural world, John drew and sculpted from a young age. So after some years working on a fish farm, at the ripe old age of 27, Coll made the decision to try his hand at sculpture as a profession and 33 years later he is still at it. Since then he has become on of Irelands leading soulptors receiving many commissions including well known monuments to Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, Countess Markievicz amongst others. John has exhibited widely in Europe and New York His work is in many public collections among them The Bank of Ireland Collection, The National Museum at Collins Barracks, The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Galway City Hall and Stanford University, California. His work is in many private collections and he has undertaken many private commissions.