Martin Sims was born in Canterbury, Kent in 1951. He studied sculpture and art history at Chelsea School of Art and bronze casting at the Royal College of Art in London.

Sims has exhibited regularly since 1983 in multiple venues across international locations. He moved to Sydney in 1985 and has an MA in fine art from the University of New South Wales.

In 2018 he returned to live permanently in the UK and is currently establishing a new studio in the Kent countryside.