Frances Ryan was born in Longford and currently lives and works in Bangor, Co. Down.  She received a National Diploma in Fine Art from Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design (IADT) and has won numerous prestigious awards, including the Paul Henry Landscape Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition (2014 and 2006) and the Towry Award for Best Work from Northern Ireland at the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House & Chichester, UK (2014). In 2011 Ryan was a finalist in the Golden Fleece Award.

Frances Ryan has been part of many select group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and the US, including the Royal Academy London Summer Exhibition and several Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibitions. Her work forms part of prestigious public collections including the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, AIB Bank, the Four Seasons/Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Archive and the Boyle Civic Collection, Co. Roscommon.