Peter Hide was born in 1944 in Surrey, UK. He studied at Central Saint Martins under Anthony Caro, who he subsequently worked for as an artist assistant. Hide is part of many international collections, including the Tate Gallery, London and has exhibited internationally.
Hide now lives and works in Canada, with his wife painter Hilary Prince, where he teaches as a Professor and Head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Alberta.
Hide is considered one of the most impressive British practitioners of welded-steel sculpture. Working in the assembled sculptural tradition of Pablo Picasso, David Smith and Anthony Caro, Hide has produced artworks of remarkable individuality and innovation. Adopting the removal of the plinth his forefather Caro pioneered, Hide developed his own individual aesthetic, reclaiming a more monumental style of steel sculpture that reacted against the openness of constructed sculpture in the Sixties. As a student of Caro's his influence is evident, however Hide's sculptures are intentionally dense, monumental and heavy in aesthetic and reality. He has always worked in steel, and his large abstract pieces are confident upright expressions of mass and weight rendered in rusted heavy industrial scrap steel.