Born in Glasgow, Rugman currently lives and works out of east London. Two areas of exploration for the artist are modern iconography and the power of symbols.

In January 2016 the exhibition 'Sister, Mother' introduced a new body of work by the artist. Original works on aluminium, canvas, wood and paper explored the relationship between mankind and the natural environment.

"I wanted to create works of simplicity and beauty. I looked back to when nature was an integral part of human life; when it was a spiritual element symbolised in the art and mark-making of clans and tribes." - Rugman