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Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art. He came to Britain on completion of his studies in 1966, and has lived and worked here ever since.
His first solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery, London in 1969. He participated in the definitive exhibition of British conceptual art, 'The New Art' at the Hayward Gallery in 1972. Throughout his career, through work in many different media, he has explored the expressive potential of commonplace objects and images.
Over the past 43 years he has done numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums across the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He represented Britain in the 23rd Sao Paulo Biennial. A retrospective of his work was presented at the Whitechapel Art Gallery London in 1989, and a second at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2006.
He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and was elected an RA in 2006. He is at present a trustee of the Art Fund.
He is represented in London by Gagosian Gallery and Alan Cristea Gallery.
For further information about Michael and his work, visit www.michaelcraigmartin.co.uk