Neilton Clarke was born in Sydney and undertook his training at UNSW – COFA, majoring in painting & printmaking. Widely travelled, he has undertaken artist-in-residence programs in France, Canada, and Thailand. In the 1990s he undertook a half-year studio residency in Tokyo as a Japan Foundation invitee, later spending considerable time there. Awards include the Moya Dyring Scholarship, the Dyason Bequest Award, and a NSW Ministry for the Arts International Projects Program Grant. Collections in which he is represented include the NGA (Canberra), AGNSW (Sydney), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Australian Embassy (Bangkok), Silpakorn University (Bangkok), Mahanakorn University (Bangkok), Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor (Spain), Splitgraphic Archive Collection (Croatia), UNSW (Sydney), Macquarie University (Sydney), Sydney Institute of TAFE, State Library of Queensland, Akiruno City Collection (Tokyo), Machida Museum of Graphic Arts (Tokyo), Urawa Art Museum (Japan), and many private collections.