Simon Ogden was born at Bradford, England, in 1956. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Sculpture in 1976 from Birmingham Polytechnic, and in 1982 he graduated with a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand. His studio work encompasses painting, printmaking and sculpture. Simon is one of the few artists in the world working with antique and 'found' linoleum materials to produce beautiful landscapes.

Simon was Artist-in-Residence at the Dunmoochin Foundation, Melbourne in 1994. He says this residency was pivotal to the development of his art career - before 1994 he had worked exclusively as an abstract painter. His residency at Dunmoochin was a deliberate attempt to bring subject matter to the forefront of his painting.

Simon was the founder and creator of the Christchurch McDougall Gallery Plate Project in 2001, and in 2004/5 he founded and created the SOFA print project featuring such artists as Neil Dawson, Philip Trustum and Bill Hammond.