Paddy Darigan was born in Co. Wexford Ireland in 1963, the youngest son of a blacksmith. A self taught artist he had his first solo exhibition in 1983 at the age of twenty. Since then he has had numerous one man exhibitions throughout Ireland and contributed to many group shows in Ireland and the UK. His work is in private collections in Belgium, Holland, France Germany, Sweden, America, South Africa, and Australia. He works from life and is a founder member of the Wexford 'Real Life' Art Group.
His most recent exhibitions have been during the Wexford Opera Festival. In October 2004 he had a very successful exhibition entitled 'Caressed By The Moon' which ran in two venues and consisted of fifty paintings and five sculptures. Then in 2005 another solo exhibition 'The Silent Rose' , which consisted of thirty paintings. In 2006 Paddy presented a joint exhibition with Fiona Byrne at St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross and in the same year an Opera festival exhibition at Westgate Heritage Centre.
His public art commissions include a large mural at Wexford General Hospital ( 3m x 25m ) and “Art on Milk Cartons” for Waterford Foods Ireland. He worked as Community Artist for Wexford Arts Centre 1994/1995, and has worked as Artist In The Classroom in various schools in the Wexford area. He is currently working with the Enniscorthy Artistic Developement Group and a group at The Swan Training Centre, Wexford.
“My paintings are more about movement, expression and light than the actual physicality of the place. For me painting is about the way a place makes me feel rather than what my eyes see.”