Working in stone, steel and bronze, Billy Lee is an internationally renowned sculptor bringing industrial materials to life. Creating work minimalist in style, Lee's sculpture have a anthropomorphic quality that is powerful yet subtle.
Born to Chinese and Dutch, as a child Lee emigrated from his South African birthplace to the United Kingdom . In the U.K, Lee earned a fine arts degree from Birmingham College of Art and Design and a masters of fine arts degree at the Royal College of Art in London . Upon graduation he received the prestigious award of Kennedy Scholar to attend the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was later named a Fellow.
Thanks to a considerable and growing international reputation, Lee is consistently invited to exhibit and place works throughout the world.
In 1991, he received the Giacomo Manzu Special Prize at the 7th Henry Moore International Sculpture Exhibition in Japan . At the Fujisankei Biennale in 1993, he was awarded the Rodin Prize for his work exhibited in the Hakone/Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum, Japan .
Lee also took part in “Thinking Big: 21st Century British Sculpture at the Guggenheim in Venice .” He was one of five international sculptors to attend the 11th International Steel Sculptors Symposium in Hungary . In addition, his large-scale outdoor work is now part of the Dunaferr Art Foundation's permanent collection in Dunaujvaros , Hungary .
Lee's work is featured in solo and group exhibitions across the globe, including New York , London , Barcelona and Japan . His large, outdoor sculpture punctuates numerous public landscapes, including the Yuzi-Paradise Sculpture Park in Guilin , China and Chin Pao San, a memorial rose garden in Taipei .
Lee is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.