Bill Hayes grew up in New York where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. During his senior year he was awarded the Senior Show Award in Ceramic Sculpture and began work on the series that continues to fascinate him to the present day.
After graduation he first worked at the Tallix Foundry, New York, meeting artists such as Julian Schnabel, Frank Stella, Roy Liechtenstein, Jeff Koons, Mark Kastabbi and others. He next worked at Artworks Foundry, Berkeley California.
In 1997 he moved to NZ, where he continues to create sculpture in a variety of materials.