Hollis Dunlap was born in 1977 in Northern Vermont in the USA. He became interested in drawing and painting the human figure around the age of 14. After studying painting in high school, he went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graduating in 1999 after painting and drawing the figure extensively for four years. While an undergraduate, he was the first painter to be awarded First Prize at New York's National Arts Club student exhibition for two consecutive years. Hollis was the recipient of the John Stobart Fellowship, awarded each year to a graduating student in recognition of outstanding work, and he is also a 2 time grantee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. More recently, he has become interested in a mix of modern and classical elements in his work. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami, and currently paints and teaches painting in Southeastern CT.