Sophie Ryder is a sculptor who infuses playfulness in her works using wire-framed sculpture, sometimes on a monumental scale. Born in London to a French mother, as a child, she spent her summers in France and loved Picasso’s work. His image of the minotaur influenced her own work. Ryder first studied at Kingston Polytechnic (1980-81) and then Combined Arts at the Royal Academy of Art (1981-84) but was encouraged to pursue sculpture by Sir Hugh Casson, the then director of the Royal Academy. She was appointed artist-in-residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on leaving the Royal Academy.
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