Neil Cuthbert was born in England and served in the British Navy between 1975 and 1980, then settled in Australia and served in the Australian Merchant Navy untill 1990. He painted and studied throughout this time. He exhibitied in mixed shows from 1990 and his first solo show was in 1996.

He completed a Master of Fine Arts at COFA in 2000. His figurative expressionistic works depict caricatured figures in satirical scenes. Cuthbert has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney. He was a finalist in the Sulman and Blake prizes in 2006. His work is held in the collection of the Newcastle Regional Gallery, NSW.