Ian McKeever began painting in 1969, following a degree in English Literature. His first solo exhibition was held in 1973 at the ICA, London. In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship in Berlin, which was followed in 1990 by a major retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Since then his work has been exhibited on an international level, most recently at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Tate Britain, London; Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseet, Denmark; Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop; National Museum of Norway, Oslo and Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Köln.
McKeever has held various teaching positions, including Guest Professor at the Art Academy in Frankfurt and Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy School of Arts, London. He is currently Visiting Professor in Painting at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the University of Brighton.
As well as a painter, McKeever is a gifted printmaker and has worked in etching, drypoint, woodcut and lithography. In 2008 a selection of his prints was exhibited at Tate St Ives as part of a tribute to the etcher Hugh Stoneman with whom he collaborated over many years.
McKeever's work can be found in many of the world's leading institutions: Tate, London; British Museum, London; Arts Council of Great Britain; The Government Art Collection; The British Council, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Mumok, Vienna; Neues Museum, Nuremberg; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæck; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut; Boston Museum of Fine Art; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts and Cincinnati Museum of Modern Art.
In 2003 he was appointed a Royal Academician. Ian McKeever lives and works in Dorset, England.