Fiona Pole was born in 1974 in Benoni, South Africa. She studied at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in 1996. In 2002 she graduated from L'Ecole Superieure Estienne, Paris, France with a mention of excellence.

Pole was awarded a scholarship by the City of Paris and worked in the studio of Didier Mutel and then at the historic atelier Georges Leblanc. She specializes in printmaking and has had a number of exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. Having lived in Paris for over ten years, she now lives and works in Johannesburg.