Cormac O'Leary was born in Cork city, Ireland in 1969. He studied fine art at Sligo RTC from 1987 to 1991. Since then he has exhibited his work widely in Ireland, the UK and America.
Solo exhibitions include The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2010 / 13) Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo (2012), Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry (2011) Hallward Gallery, Dublin (1999 / 01 / 03 / 05 / 08) Vangard Gallery, Cork (2004 / 06 / 08) The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London (2007 / 09).
Group exhibitions include 'Reimagined - an artistic navigation of the Erie Canal', Italian Cultural Institute, New York, USA (2010), 'Journeys'- Castletown House Kildare, Louvain institute for Ireland in Europe, Belgium, Toured to - University of Ulster, Belfast, Coast Gaurd Station Arts Centre, Waterford, The Mellennium Forum, Derry (2007), C2- Contemporary art from Cork, Crawford Municipal Art gallery, Cork (2005) Wexford Arts Festival (2003-2011) Eigse - Carlow Arts Festival, Invited Artist (2004) Iontas National Small Works Show, Sligo Art Gallery- Toured nationally ; (1990 / 91 / 94 / 95 / 99 / 01).
Awards include Leitrim County Council Artist's Bursary Award (2007 / 10 / 12 ), Milliken Bros. Art Materials Award (2000), Iontas painting award (2001), Irish Arts Council / An Chomairle Ealionn Grant awards (1993 / 94), D. O'Sullivan Graphics Ltd., Best Student Award (1991).
He has had artist's residencies in Vermont, USA, (2010), Cill Rialaig Artist's Retreat, Co Kerry (1999 / 01 / 04) and Triskel Arts Centre studio residency, Cork (1999)
His work is in many Public collections including- AIB, Cork County Library Collection, UniCredito Italiano, IFSC, Crawford Municipal Art Collection, Cork, OPW, Office of Trade Enterprise and Employment, Stormont Govt. offices, Northern Ireland, Wellwoman Centre, IIC Bank, Nazareth House, Sligo, Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo, Leitrim County Council Art Collection, and Royal Hospital, Donnybrook.
His work is also included in private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, USA and Australia.
He lives in County Leitrim with his family.