Rob Munday FRSA was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1958, and grew up in the small coastal village of Caister-on-Sea. After gaining A-Levels in both the arts and sciences, he moved to Cornwall and Devon and, in 1983, graduated from Plymouth University/Plymouth College of Art with a BA(Hons) in Scientific and Technical Graphics, the first degree outside of the USA to specialise in the fledgling fields of computer graphics, television and video together with the more traditional subjects of photography, graphic design, and illustration. In his final year, he taught himself the new medium of holography and became one of the UK’s first generation of holographers.
Rob’s career-defining commission came in 2003 when he was asked to shoot and create the first-ever official 3D/holographic portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In accepting the commission Rob became the first-ever Royal holographer. The portrait was commissioned by The Jersey Heritage Trust-The States of Jersey to commemorate the island’s 800-year allegiance to the English throne and was conducted as a joint and equal creative collaboration between Rob and graphic designer, now artist Chris Levine. In 2011, The States of Jersey commissioned Rob individually to create the world’s first holographic postage stamp to contain a holographic portrait of a Head of State to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Rob’s portrait can also be seen adorning the world’s first £100 banknote and was featured on the front cover of TIME Magazine in 2012. Also in 2012, the Queen was presented with one of Rob’s portraits of herself on her official Diamond Jubilee visit to Richmond Park.
In 2022, Rob was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London. Working as both an artist and a technical innovator, and specialising in portraiture and natural subjects, Rob has created many unique holographic works and light sculptures that can be found in collections and galleries throughout the world. These include The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Collections Trust, the UK Government Art Collection in London, the Imperial War Museum, the Maryland State Archives and the Fertitta Contemporary Art Collection.
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