Born in Woking, England in 1965, Henry graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in 1987 and had his first solo exhibition in London in 1988. He won the Villiers David Prize in 1998, the first sculptor to do so, and his work is regularly exhibited by galleries in London, Stockholm, Munich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Sculptures can be seen in public collections in the UK, Sweden, Germany and the USA.
Henry's public works include Walking Man in London's Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and a nine-figure permanent installation at the headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank in the city of London (2008). In 2007 Henry completed Couple - the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture, a critically acclaimed 13m high and 20m wide painted bronze and steel sculpture located 300 meters off the coast of Northumberland, at Newbiggin Bay. More recent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm city (2010) and Lying Man at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Michigan, USA (2011)
In 2011, twenty polychrome sculptures formed 'Conflux' - a solo exhibtion held in and around Salisbury Cathedral that was seen by over 100,000 people during its four month run. The first comprehensive survey of Sean Henry's work and career was published by Scala Publishers in 2008, a 160 page monograph written by Tom Flynn, the London-based art historian. 2015 will see a large scale solo exhibition of his sculptures and drawings at the Hessenpark Museum in Nue-Anspach, Germany held as part of the biannual sculpture exhibition Blickachsen 10. In 2015 his painted bronze portrait of Tim Berner's Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, joined the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Henry is married with three children and lives and works near Winchester, in Hampshire, England.