Alexander Irving was born in Ottawa in 1962. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 1987), McGill University (Dip.Ed. 1992) and York University (M.F.A. 2000). A recipient of awards from the Ontario, Toronto, and Canada Councils, he has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, NSCAD University, and in Itoshima Japan. Irving has exhibited his work in private, public, and artist run centres and has lectured on his work at the University of Guelph, OCAD University, the University of Lethbridge, and NSCAD University. Irving works in Toronto and teaches in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.