Chris Booth was born in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. He studied at the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts (1967 - 1968) with Tom Taylor. Booth undertook two years of specialist sculpture study with prominent international sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell and John Milne in St Ives, UK, and Quinto Ghermandi in Verona, Italy.
Booth's work was included in the documentary film When A Warrior Dies (1991), which discusses the construction of his sculpture at Matauri Bay overlooking the Cavalli Islands for the Ngati Kura people of the district.
Booth’s sculptures are usually designed to be site specific, working closely with the land, earth forms, and indigenous peoples of the region(s) where he creates sculpture. He has a profound interest in developing a creative language that involves communication and exchange between indigenous and colonial cultures and meaningful environmental works.
He has participated in numerous land art projects and exhibitions internationally in the UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the Canary Islands. In 1982, Booth was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago.