Born in Liverpool, Michael Kenny began his artistic training at the Liverpool Art School alongside John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe. In 1961 he then went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London under sculptor Reg Butler, where he was often referred to as the ‘Liverpool Italian’ due to his passion for the art of Rosso Fiorentino and Alberto Giacometti. When he was just 23 years old, Kenny began to gain notice as an artist and sculptor at his first solo exhibition in Oxford in 1964. Recognised as one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation, Kenny contributed to the artistic community as an Associate and later Academician of the Royal Academy. He enjoyed teaching and became a visiting lecturer at his alma mater the Slade School of Fine Art for several years before accepting a position as Head of the Fine Art Department at Goldsmith’s College, London. His work is held in the collections of the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum among others.