Geoffrey Key was born in Manchester, England in 1941. His early education was at Manchester's High School of Art. In 1958 he commenced a degree and postgraduate studies at the Manchester Regional College of Art, from where he gained the National Diploma of Associateship of Manchester, the latter with distinction, leading to a postgraduate scholarship in sculpture. His academic awards include the Heywood medal in Fine Art and the Guthrie Bond Travelling scholarship.
During his career he has exhibited widely and his work features in important public, corporate and private art collections throughout the world. These include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, North West Arts Board, Manchester Art Gallery, Perrier, National Westminster Bank, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong. Geoffrey Key is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working in Britain today.