Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool on 9 April 1949. In 1969 he enrolled in the foundation course at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1970 to 1973, and then until 1977 at the Royal College of Ar. In in 1978 he began teaching at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf. His work is notable for its exploration of different materials, including found objects and raw matter of various kinds.
"So words like geometry and organic are really aesthetic descriptions of the world around us. And they are not exclusive. So it’s an attempt to understand, looking at that dichotomy, to understand the world that I’m around. "
Cragg's method of dispassionate ordering and composing seeks to make evident the vast array of objects and images that surround us, but with which he feels modern man has only a superficial relationship, based on function alone. In order to enhance our imaginative and emotional relationship with the world at large, Cragg proposed beginning with physical matter as the fundamental basis of experience. Tony Cragg won the Turner Prize in 1988 and represented Britain at the 42nd Venice Biennale in the same year.