Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956 and was brought up in Yorkshire. He studied at Bradford College from 1974–75 and Preston Polytechnic from 1975–78. After leaving college, Goldsworthy lived in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. Andy Goldsworthy currently lives and works in Scotland.
Andy Goldsworthy has had an illustrious career and exhibited at the following places, amongst others: Galerie Lelong; Pori Art Museum; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Tate BritainThe Last Freedom, Ludwig Museum; Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; La Casa Encendida; Storm King Art Center; Guggenheim Museum; Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University; The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University; Taigh Chersabhagh Museum and Arts Center; William Shearburn Gallery; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Springer & Winckler Galerie; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS.
Andy Goldsworthy's experience growing up in agriculture as a farm labourer provided him with an acute awareness of his environment and a respect for the fleeting beauty of landscape. By intervening in the landscape Goldsworthy creates ephemeral site-specific sculptures using pre-existing, natural materials. He directly engages with the natural environment by incorporating found objects and natural specimens into temporary sculptures, which he then documents extensively through photography. This choice of materials ensures the momentariness of his work, meaning photography plays a large role in maintaining the legacy of his practice. Andy Goldsworthy photographs these sculptures before, during and after production, which serve as permanent record of each piece. Most of his work is created outside in remote locations that have been specifically chosen for their personal significance.