Born in Berlin in 1927, she was apprenticed to Otto Hitzberger, former professor of the National College of Fine Art in Berlin, before moving to Ireland in 1951. Her influences range from German expressionism to early Irish Christian art, and she works in wood, stone, bronze, steel, clay, plaster and terracotta. In 2000, she was elected professor of sculpture by the Royal Hibernian Academy, which held one of her first exhibitions in 1949.
Her work is in the National Self-Portrait Collection in Limerick, and she has exhibited at the Salzburg Biennale (1962); the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin (1987); and the Solomon Gallery, Dublin (1996, 97, 2002). Her sculptures have been exhibited in public places across Ireland and especially churches, from Christchurch and Armagh Cathedrals to St. Patrick’s Purgatory and the Dublin Airport church. A retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the RHA in 2002.
She has received the Oireachtas art exhibition award (1972) and the ESB Keating McLoughlin award at the RHA Annual Exhibition (1999), among others. She has also received honoris causa from Trinity College (2002), UCD (2004) and NUI Maynooth (2005). She lives in Co. Dublin.
Imogen Stuart was elected a Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990.