Yinka Shonibare, MBE was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London and then at Goldsmiths College, London where he received his MFA.
Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, most recently, film. His signature material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ fabric he buys at Brixton market.
Shonibare has exhibited in leading museums worldwide and participated in seminal exhibitions such as: Sensation, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997); 49th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2001); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); Double Dress, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, touring; Africa Remix, various venues (2005-06) and Check-List Luanda Pop, African Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennial (2007).
In 2004 Shonibare was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2005 Shonibare was made Member of the Order of the British Empire. In 2008 Shonibare will present a major retrospective solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Sydney. Yinka Shonibare, MBE is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York.
(Bio courtesy of http://www.london.gov.uk/fourthplinth/plinth/shonibare_biog.jsp)
(Shonibare personal photo courtesy of Sal Idriss)