Stephen McClymont was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. As a child, he spent several years living in England with the family of musicians, Hepzibah and Yahudi Menuhin. McClymont began his art training in 1969 at the National Art School in Sydney, graduating in 1974 with a degree in sculpture. His artistic career led him to New York in 1979 where he studied at the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture and at the Japanese Academy of Painting, where he took classes in Eastern calligraphy. His mentor, Robert Motherwell, guided the years spent in New York. In 1986, he moved onto Paris where he worked as an assistant to Joan Mitchell, the most important member of the 1950s New York Abstract Expressionist school to settle in France. He has taught at the National School of Art in Sydney, the Ville de Paris, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Parsons School of Design in Paris. He currently lives in Paris and Greece.