Yinka Shonibare CBE
Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria, at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw School of Art and then at Goldsmiths College where he received his MFA.
Shonibare's work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. In 2004 he was nominated for the Turner prize, and awarded an MBE. In 2018 he was awarded an CBE. In September 2008, a major mid-career survey commenced at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and then toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. In 2010, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle became his first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. The work is now permanently on display outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Park, London. Shonibare was elected a Royal Academician in 2013. A permanent public installation of a Wind Sculpture at Howick Place, London, was unveiled in 2014. Further Wind Sculptures have been shown at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., in Central Park, New York and in Lagos as part of British Council UK/Nigeria 2015-16.
Shonibare's work has been exhibited all over the world and is held in museum collections including Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Arts Council Collection, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Rome and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.
Cristea Roberts Gallery is the exclusive worldwide representative for Yinka Shonibare's original prints.
Yinka Shonibare CBE lives and works in London.
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Yinka Shonibare CBE in The Future is Blinking: Early Studio Photography from West and Central Africa
Yinka Shonibare CBE in Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth
The Yinka Shonibare Foundation announce GAS Foundation
Yinka Shonibare CBE: End of Empire
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Yinka Shonibare CBE to receive the Whitechapel Art Icon award
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Yinka Shonibare CBE on display at the British Museum
Tate acquires Yinka Shonibare installation
Exhibition: 'Yinka Shonibare: Flower Power'
Event: Shonibare's 'Creatures of the Mappa Mundi'
Yinka Shonibare receives CBE
Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection
New acquisitions at the British Museum
Exhibitions at Cristea Roberts Gallery
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- Georg Baselitz
- Christiane Baumgartner
- Rana Begum
- Pablo Bronstein
- Gordon Cheung
- Rhys Coren
- Michael Craig-Martin
- Dexter Dalwood
- Ian Davenport
- Miriam de Búrca
- Jan Dibbets
- Jim Dine
- Joy Gerrard
- Antony Gormley
- Marie Harnett
- Idris Khan
- Langlands & Bell
- Richard Long
- Mick Moon
- David Nash
- Paul Noble
- Julian Opie
- Mimmo Paladino