Stephen Nelson was born in Liverpool. He has a Masters in Fine Art from Birmingham Polytechnic (1985). He lives and works in London where he has established his sculptural practice.

He has shown his work internationally and he has also curated, including two exhibitions for the British Council in Eritrea and Tanzania, and more recently  “Walls have ears” at Man&Eve Gallery, London (2008), showing artists such as Simon Callery, Brian Griffiths and Brighid Lowe. In 2017, he participated in and curated, with Martin Holman, Poor Art/Arte Povera, at the Estorick Collection, London, featuring Mona Hatoum, Tony Cragg, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Mertz, and Ceal Floyer.

In 1999 Stephen was appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow in Sculpture, during which period he developed a series of works about wolves that related to his time spent at the British School at Rome and as a Research Fellow at Oxford University.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Skin Falls Apart at FPAC, Palermo; Project 1 at the Contemporary Arts Society, London; and it’s a soft hard world, at Space Station 65, London.

Since 2015 he has run a self-funded, not-for-profit gallery space, MACC, in southern Italy.