Cephas Howard was born in Romiley Cheshire in 1934. After attending art college in Manchester he went to the Royal College of Art, where he studied interior design, photography and television design, graduating with a distinction in 1959.
While at the RCA he became one of the founding members of The Temperance Seven jazz band, playing lead trumpet and euphonium. The band had two number one hits in the early sixties, Pasadena and You're Driving Me Crazy.
Cephas has worked as an art director for both the BBC and London Weekend Television designing numerous light entertainment productions including the Walter Todd Celebrity Concerts, The Two Ronnies and Frost on Sunday. He also wrote and illustrated children's books including the popular character ZAP.
Cephas is a country member of the Chelsa Arts Club and divides his time between homes in the Isle of Wight and northern France.