Peter Lord was born in Exeter in 1948, and now lives near Aberystwyth. He took a degree in Fine Art at Reading University in 1970. He has published and broadcast extensively on the visual culture of Wales in both Welsh and English languages, and curated major exhibitions for national institutions. Between 1998 and 2003 he published the three volumes of The Visual Culture of Wales, which is regarded as the authoritative text on the subject. In 2013 an autobiography, Relationships with Pictures (Parthian) was published, followed by The Tradition: a New History of Welsh Art 1400-1990 (Parthian), which in 2017 was Wales Non-fiction Book of the Year. His most recent monograph, William Roos and the Itinerant Life (Oriel Môn, 2020) breaks new ground as the first detailed study of an itinerant portrait painter working in Britain.