Geoffrey Humphries was born in Amersham, England, in 1945, and attended the High Wycombe School of Art, the London College of Printing, and the Chelsea School of Art. In 1963 he visited Italy for the first time, and took his degree from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, where he received highest honours in 1974. After studying in Rome and Florence, he moved to Venice in 1966, where he still lives and works today. His famous studio overlooking the Giudecca Canal is a well-known centre for music and the arts, where he runs courses on painting and life drawing. He is also an accomplished blues guitarist, and often spends time painting and exhibiting in the Deep South of the United States- New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah.

        His extraordinary sense of colour and composition share common ground with the work of John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, while his drawings reveal the influence of Schiele, Klimt, and Felicien Rops. His larger, more complex expressionist work on the themes of cabaret and Venetian myth displays a debt to the German decadent tradition of Feininger, Grosz, Dix, and Bechmann.

          He works principally from the figure, painting and drawing the model from life, while also portraying some of the lesser-known corners of Venice in watercolour. He does extensive portrait commissions, and has had works shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Portrait Society in London. He is a Guest Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and his works are found in public and private collections throughout Europe and North America.