Raphael Hynes was born in Drogheda in 1959. He studied fine art at NCAD between 1978 and 1981. Since 1997 he has concentrated on painting still-life objects from life. He uses simple mathematical ratios to help place the objects within the picture. The paintings are built up slowly with small measured units. This method and these ratios are used in an attempt to give the still-life objects some emotional weight.
Raphael has won numerous awards including The Charles Brady Memorial Award, RHA, Dublin. He has exhibited widely in Ireland including the Oireachtas Exhibition, RHA Annual Exhibitions, National Portrait Exhibition and many more.