Tony Bevan studied at the Bradford School of Art and then in London at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art. Since 1976, Bevan has exhibited widely, holding his first solo US show at L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, in 1989. Bevan has also exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. A major retrospective was presented by the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, in 2005. In 2007, Bevan was elected a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His work exists in many prominent international collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery, London; and Tate, London.