John Macfarlane was born in Glasgow in 1948.  He has been living and working in Wales since 1975, and considers Wales his home.

John Macfarlane is widely recognized as one of the world's leading designers for opera and ballet; he has worked with all the major opera and ballet companies across the globe, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Vienna State Opera and our own Lyric Opera in Chicago.

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, John has also pursued a parallel career in painting, and has exhibited his works in galleries and museums across Europe.  His works are in the collections of many museums, including Albertina, Vienna, National Museum of Wales and Kunsthalle in Nuremberg.