Neil Ayling was born in Ascot, Berkshire in 1983 and currently lives and works in London. Ayling graduated from Winchester School of Art, Sculpture, and then went on to the Royal College of Art and graduated in 2010 (MA Fine Art Sculpture). Ayling has worked in the studios of Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley and currently combines studio work for Sir Anthony Caro with his own practice as an artist.

Ayling defines sculptural aesthetics of the cityscape through a visual and physical editing process. Fragments of architecture are isolated to highlight the inherent sculptural compositions they possess. The idea of the fragment is central to the work; it acts as both a snap shot of the whole and occupies a given space dislocated from the whole. Exploring the image in this way enables Ayling to edit and manipulate imagery through a process of cutting and folding. Using a two-dimensional image, this process can create a new three-dimensional form, one that finds its own presence in space, and in the physical world. By using the gallery as a method of framing or setting parameters to isolate material from another location, Ayling employs similar ideas to that of Robert Smithson in the late 1960's.

Ayling was awarded the Stanley Picker Trust Annual Prize 2009. His work has been exhibited at shows including Nixon ArtMosh in Munich (2011), Nixon ArtMosh, A Foundation (2010), Peak Gallery (2010), Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2008), Idiot Strength at Tim Pritchard Gallery (2009), Bank of America Group Show, London (2009) and Art Park Project Oxford (2006).