Chris Morrey was born on the Canadian plains in 1968 and he has lived across the mid- and intermountain West in Alberta, Colorado, Illinois and Arizona, settling with his family in Columbia, Missouri, where he makes sculptures and public art commissions, works for the Department of Art at the University of Missouri, and operates Dogwood, a studio space housing up to seven artists and mounting monthly exhibits of local art in Columbia's North Village Arts District.

His fascination with animals and with the found object are reflected in thirty years of drawings and sculptures. In his work he has translated one material into another—feathers into carbon fiber, stones and bones into cut steel. The fragility and untouchable quality of these sculptural objects was often at odds with his desire to make work that could be touched and handled; in graduate school he began working in bronze and has never looked back.