Chris Anthem was born in Almondsbury, Bristol. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechic, and an MA in Painting from the Slade School of Art in 1998. He worked from Krowji Studios in Redruth from 2008 to 2012. After a spell in Beirut in 2013 he returned to Cornwall. His work has been exhibited in St Ives, both at the Millennium Gallery and the Plumbline & Orchard.