Born in 1977, Eddie Clemens grew up in Rotorua, New Zealand. After graduating from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000 with a BFA majoring in painting he went on to complete a MFA (Hons) in sculpture at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. In 2006 Clemens won the Auckland City Public Library Light Commission with The Pinball Lanterns, launched in November of 2007. Clemens became the Olivia Spencer Bower artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre in 2008 and the following year he was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago. Clemens' work is held in numerous public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including Société BIC, Paris, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and the Collection of Guy and Myriam Ullens.