Alan Hogan was born in Dublin. After finishing school he graduated from the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin in 1990. Hogan has spent most of his life so far living in Dublin city and suburbs. He moved to Ashbourne in County Meath (just north of Dublin) in 2003. Hogan had been working in the print industry for a number of years until June 2007 when he decided to leave Ireland to live in Finland. Nowadays Hogan finds the weather and way of life a lot different. Language is a bit of a challenge also, as he has to deal with both Finnish and Swedish-speaking Finns. But he finds that they are a very friendly people, which makes life a little easier for him. Hogan now lives in a small town called Karis, southwest of Finland's capital Helsinki. This is where he continues to paint and explore his art.