Cerith Wyn Evans was born in Llanelli, Wales in 1958. He went to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (graduating in 1980), and completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in Film and Video in 1984. At Central Saint Martins, Wyn Evans was taught by conceptual artist John Stezaker, and he worked as an assistant to Derek Jarman on the films The Angelic Conversation (1985), Caravaggio (1986), and The Last of England (1987).
After formal education, Wyn Evans began working principally with the medium of film, collaborating with artists and bands including Michael Clark, Leigh Bowery, The Smiths, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. During the next decade, he opened out to working in a variety of media that included photography, sculpture and installation using materials as varied as neon, fireworks, light fixtures, lanterns, plants, morse code, mirror balls and urine to explore his ideas on the phenomenology of time, language and perception.
His first solo exhibition, Inverse, Reverse, Perverse was with White Cube in London in 1996. Wyn Evans has exhibited extensively internationally, including representing his native Wales at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and exhibiting a significant installation at Documenta XI in Kassel in 2002. He made a site-specific exhibition at the house of Luis Barragan in Mexico City in 2003, and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 2004. He has also participated in the Moscow Biennial (2011), Aichi Triennale (2010), the Yokohama Triennale (2008), and the Istanbul Biennial (2005). In 2018 he won the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, which he was shortlisted for alongside Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, and Magali Reus.