Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953, and immigrated to Canada in 1964. In 1975 he graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary with an Honours Fine Art Diploma. Two years later, he returned to the Alberta College of Art and Design and completed Post-Graduate studies in sculpture. From his earliest sculptural busts in the 1970s through to his first nude sculptures in the early 1980s, Penny has devoted himself to an examination of how the concepts of sculptural realism have been influenced by classicism, romanticism, and - most importantly for the artist – by the advent of traditional and digital photography. Over the past fifteen years Penny has stated that his interest has been to explore the discrepancies between the way we might experience each other in real time and space and the way we might imagine the equivalent in an image.
Recent international exhibitions include: Evan Penny: Ask Your Body at the Chiesa San Samuele, Venice, Italy (2017); a touring 12-year survey titled Evan Penny RE FIGURED at: Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2011); Museum Der Moderne, Salzburg Austria (2012); MARCA, Cantanzaro, Italy (2012); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2012-2013); a touring group exhibition titled RESHAPED REALITY- 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture at Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain (2016); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2016); ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2017); National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Australia (2017/2018); Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2017); HUMAN SCALE at the National Gallery of Canada in 2016 and THE LOOKING GLASS, at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada, in 2017.