Henry Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, as the son of a coalmining engineer. He was the seventh of eight children in his family. he won a scholarship to Castleford Secondary School, where his art teacher influenced him strongly. During these years Moore began carving in wood and modeling clay, and he consciously decided to become a sculptor after hearing of Michelangelo's achievements at the age of eleven.
He then studied at Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Throughout his long career he experimented with many styles including abstract and biomorphic art and in 1936 he took part in the International Surrealist exhibition. His primary concern, however has been with the human figure. http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/HTML/art_sculpture_moore.asp