Born in Yorkshire in 1944, Peter Heywood taught maths and physics for thirty years while devoting most of his free time to painting. Although in 1995 he was voted Britain's Best teacher in a national newspaper search, encouraged by a successful one-person show at The Aberbach Fine Art Gallery, in London's Savile Row, Heywood made the major decision to become a full-time painter.
He traveled extensively and, in South Africa, created a series of significant landscapes. Successful exhibitions followed in Johannesburg at The Cheri de Villiers Gallery and in Cape Town at The Everard Read Gallery and The Cape Gallery. Later during a two-year stay in Venice, inspired by its magnificent architecture, his work in oils and acrylics was exhibited at The Holly Snapp Gallery in Venice, at The Century Gallery in Henley-on-Thames outside London and the Paterson gallery in Albermarle Street, London W1.
Several well-received exhibitions followed in Malta, and today, Heywood's work can be found in many private collections around the world.
In 2011 he began spending more time in America, where he developed an arresting series, painting New York's most famous landmarks as seen through the vast reflections in neighboring buildings. His first American exhibition took place at The Alan Barnes Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe. He has since had three more shows in the U.S.A. Firstly at The Q street gallery in Washington in Nov.2013 and The Leila Heller Gallery in New York in August 2014, and the 237 on Hudson street Gallery in 2019.