Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950 and completed a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1971. Following his graduation, Gormley travelled to India and Sri Lanka to study Buddhism for three years. Returning to London he studied sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Slade School of Art. Antony Gormley currently lives and works in London.
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.
Antony 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). In addition to this Gormley also creates immersive and experiential installations where the participant is confronted with a completely alien and radically new environment, which he or she must traverse. These environments include Blind Light at the Hayward Gallery in which Gormley built a completely unprotected enclosed space. His intention was that this space resembled an exterior space exposed to all the elements, but actually interior in order to create an unsettling and dislocating environment. Antony Gormley's work poses questions about where human beings stand in relation to the greater universe and nature. He continually attempts to identify art as a catalytic place in the process of becoming, where new behaviours, concepts, thoughts and feelings are permitted the opportunity to arise.