Stephen Cox was born in Bristol and studied sculpture at the Central Schools of Art and Design. In 1979, he moved to Italy where he started carving minimalist circular reliefs in stone. Around this time the Tate purchased his work, We Must Always Turn South.
After exhibiting in London, Geneva, New York and Rome he was invited by the British Council to represent Britain in the Triennale-India where he received a gold medal. This followed a one-man show at the Tate. He has been working and maintaining a studio in India ever since.
In 1989, he was commissioned to produce work for the Opera House in Cairo and in the late 90s, Stephen embarked on a new series of sculptures which celebrated the love of his minimalist roots with his fascination of the Italian Renaissance – the series was exhibited on the Piazza del Duomo in Sienna and at the National Gallery in London.
Stephen set up his new studios in South Shropshire and still travels and exhibits extensively.