Richard Long was born on June 2, 1945, in Bristol, United Kingdom. He is a son of Maurice Long and Frances Carpenter.
He revealed the interest in nature and art since the childhood. He liked to walk for hours and contemplate the beauty of nature.
Young Richard often painted before classes and designed the set decorations for the school plays. His parents encouraged their son in his passion for art – so, when he was a thirteen-year-old boy, they allowed him to produce a mural in the family dining room.