Chris Bell was born in Sydney, Australia in 1966.
Two years study in Industrial design was followed by his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 1992. He has since exhibited sculpture or installations yearly, mostly with experimental art organizations.
He has received support from the Australian Council of the Arts, Arts Victoria and the Pollock-Krasner foundation, (1999, 2009). He won Melbourne’s Fundere Sculpture Prize in 2003 and a major public commission for Melbourne’s new civic square in 2000. San Francisco’s Exploratorium commissioned a kinetic installation for their new location in 2013.
He has worked as resident artist at Belfast’s Flax Art Studios, California's Headlands Center for the Arts and LKV studios Trondheim, Norway.
He currently lives in San Francisco, having recently completed his MFA with Stanford University. He teaches as adjunct faculty at San Francisco Art Institute.