Glyn Hughes was born in north Wales in 1931 and educated at Holywell Grammar School. He studied art at Bretton Hall in Yorkshire then taught art and drama in London for three years before coming to Cyprus in 1956. In 1960 when Cyprus became independent he started APOPHASIS with the outstanding Cypriot artist, Christoforos Savva. This was a pioneering venture and became the centre of Cypriot contemporary art. Hughes taught art at the English school, Nicosia where he also ran the pre-university youth club. He had one solo exhibition both in Cyprus and the U.K., and represented Cyprus at the Cairo Triennale.
He also exhibited his work in group exhibitions in Athens, London, Beirut, German, Switzerland, Cyprus, China, and Australia. He had also worked in theatre design in Cyprus, U.K., Greece, Germany, and the USA. He was also the Arts Editor for The Cyprus Weekly and the organiser of SYMPOSIART a series of lectures on British Art for The British Council and the Nicosia Municipal Centre. A retrospective exhibition tour covering the last fifty years of Glyn Hughes career took place in Wrexham, Wales, U.K. near the end of 2005. Two years after Glyn's death the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMac), in collaboration with the Pierides Foundation and the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture organized and presented the major retrospective exhibition Glyn Hughes 1931-2104.
Glyn Hughes, Dowry Chest under Stress, 2002, Oil on canvas, 105 x 145 cm