Rodney Fumpston was born in Fiji in 1947. After settling in New Zealand he attended Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1972 with a Masters in Fine Arts (First Class Honours). After travelling to London and graduating from the Advanced Studies in Print making course at the Central School of Art and Design in 1974, Fumpston returned to Auckland and taught at the Auckland Society of Arts. He was largely responsible for establishing the print studio, whichbuilt up a considerable reputation for producing quality work atthe Society. As a result, he was made head of the Printmaking Department in 1988.
Over the years Fumpston has exhibited in many solo shows and has participated in numerous group shows. His prints and paintings are held in a number of public and private collections. His studio dominates his home in Auckland where he continues to produce printsof exceptional quality. He remains a tutor, and has always travelled to develop his artistic ideas.