John Keating was born in Tipperary. He studied at The Crawford College of Art, Cork, Trinity College, Dublin, Loughborough University, Leicestershire and The Arts Student League of New York, which he attended on a scholarship. He was awarded a gold medal of honour for his oil on canvas Oriental Lilies at the 2012 London Olympic Games Fine Arts exhibition in the Barbican Arts Centre. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in the U.S.A., Italy, Spain, Greece, Monaco and China. His work is included in private and public collections in Ireland, the U.S.A., Australia, Italy, Greece and England.