Joep van Lieshout was born in Ravenstein and at sixteen moved to Rotterdam to study at the Willem de Kooning Academy. From 1985 to 1987 he attended Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. He started making sculptures in colored fibreglass in the early 1980s. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) and since then all his work has been produced under this name. Since 2008 the AVL Mundo foundation combines exhibition space, studio, sculpture park and vegetable garden. Van Lieshout has exhibited in numerous international museums such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Migros Museum, Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami and Kröller-Müller. Amongst the prizes he has won are the Prix de Rome (1992), the Mart Stam Award (1998), the Kurt Schwitters Award (2004) and the Stankowski Award (2009). His work is part of many museum and private collections, and has been installed in public spaces.