Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. After schooling at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, he went on to complete a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, between the years of 1968-71. Following his graduation, Gormley travelled to India and Sri Lanka to study Buddhism for three years. On his return to London, in 1974, he attended Central School of Art and Goldsmith’s College before completing a postgraduate course in sculpture at Slade School of Art between 1977 and 1979.
Gormley’s work has revivified the way in which the human form is appropriated. Frequently using his own body as the subject of his work, Gormley’s innovative use of the body, as a vessel for memory and transformation, explores the collective body and the relationship between self and other. His investigation into the human condition has been realised in highly acclaimed large-scale installations such as Critical Mass (1995), Allotment (1997), Inside Australia (2002), Domain Field (2003), Another Place (2005), and Blind Light (2007).
Celebrated internationally, Gormley has had solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Scandinavia, America, Japan and Australia. His sculptures have been acquired by many public and private collections around the world. In 1994 he was awarded the Turner Prize and in 1999 he won the South Bank Prize for Visual Art. In 1997 Gormley was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sculpture and in 2003 he became a Royal Academician. In 2007 he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture. He continues to fulfil his roles as an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Institute of British Architects; Trinity College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge, and his trustee positions at the British Museum and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.