|Rodney Simmons was born in Wollongong, Australia in 1967.
He completed a degree at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1987. After travelling extensively through Asia, Africa and Europe he returned to Australia and has held solo art exhibitions in Sydney since the late 1980s.
Around this time his work was exhibited in the Salon des Refuses, a show which runs alongside Australia's pre-eminent landscape award – the Wynne Prize.
In 2006 Rodney was awarded the $10,000 Biennial Norvill Art Prize one of Australia's most prestigious regional landscape awards. He also had a solo exhibition in Sydney and was part of a select group of artists chosen for an Australian Government sponsored show in Dubai.