Blake Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territory of Canada, raised and educated in Edmonton, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 1979. In 1985 he moved to Paris to study under Cyril Heck with whom he learned traditional techniques of modeling figurative sculpture. When the opportunity arose for Blake to move closer to both his foundry and marble quarry, he opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991. Ward's early work represents anatomically correct details in the clay sculptures of his live models, the first step in a “lost wax method” of production where the final rendition is either cast in bronze, or sculpted in marble. Ward began his series of “de-sculpted” figures called “Fragments”, followed by his “Rethink” collection, after completing his teaching fellowship at the University of Hanoi in 2003. It was in Vietnam that he shaped his vision of the devastating, long-term effects that landmines have on people all over the world. The result was an infusion of his activism into this series of sculptures. His work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the U.S.A. and Canada.