Antony Gormley is a widely acclaimed British artist best known for his sculptures, installations and works in public spaces. Gormley was born in London in 1950. He studied art history, archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge. On the completion of his degree, he traveled to India and Sri Lanka for three years where he studied Buddhist meditation, which was a profound influence on his work as an artist. On his return he attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central Saint Martins), Goldsmiths College, and the Slade School of Fine Art.
In his work, Gormley investigates the relation of the human body to space in order to confront questions of where we stand as human beings in relation our natural environment and the cosmos. He conveys his belief in the inseparable spiritual and physical self in works such as Land, Sea and Air II (1982). Other notable works include, his Field projects, which were placed in numerous locations worldwide and for which he was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, Angel of the North near Gateshead, England (1998) and Event Horizon in Manhattan, NY (2010).
Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). He has also participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986) and Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands) and Chord (MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA). He was made a member of the royal Academy of Arts in 2003, and he received the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale prize for sculpture in 2013. In addition, he was included in the New Year Honours List for 2014 as a knight bachelor.