Born in Manhattan in 1950 and raised in the Bronx, Rod Ivey has lived in New York City all his life. His early artistic influence was his father, Dwellie Ivey, who studied at the Arts Student's League when Rod was a toddler. Rod started using watercolors while at Howard University with Lois Mailou Jones as his professor and oils and acrylics at City College of New York under Charles Alston while attaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The urban landscapes of Edward Hopper have been an influence on his style to this date. In 1980 he married teacher and visual artist Jennifer Ivey. Today, they paint together on the same canvases and exhibit together as member of the Long Island Black Artists and Blacker than Thou/CrossCulture. His work has appeared in groups shows in New York at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, African American Museum of Nassau County, Taller Boricua Gallery, Harlem School of the Arts, Leroy Nieman Arts Horizons, Howard University, University of Texas, and numerous other locations across the US.