Visual artist Willow Winston was born in 1943 in London. She studied Fine Art and Painting, followed by a postgraduate course in Printmaking, at Central School of Art and Design in London in the 1970s, winning the Stowells Trophy. In the following decade, her work focused on painting and printmaking, while she also worked as a designer for theatre companies in the UK and Spain. This inspired her transition to sculpture and installations and, in 2000, she purchased a large abandoned warehouse in South East London, which she converted into a studio appropriate for the scale of her work. Winston has collaborated with visual, sound, and performance artists to create large-scale installations in spaces including the Southbank Centre and Somerset House. She was the 2003 recipient of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship, which she cites as helping to consolidate her methods of dealing with her materials empirically, using mathematical structures. In 2005 she created a major sculpture for John Laing plc in London. Winston has exhibited in the UK at venues including The London Artists' Book Fair (2005), Planet Bazaar (2006), and the Ben Uri (2007). She has also taught at universities in the USA, as well as at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy Schools in London. Her work is in public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum. She currently lives and works in London.