Rob McKirdie was born in Palos Heights, Illinois. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rob relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2006, where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices and Bachelor of Science in Sculpture, cum laude, at Portland State University. He was nominated for the 2010 International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement Award. For two years Rob was a Sculpture Co-Op Co-Coordinator at PSU where he facilitated sculpture workshops and bronze pours. In 2011, he spent a semester abroad, studying art in Italy. Rob is a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture candidate at Rhode Island School of Design.