London, UK, 1969.
He studied at the Chelsea College of Arts in London from 1989 to 1990 and then at the Goldsmith College from 1990 to 1993. There he obtained a degree in Fine Arts with First Class Honours and started out in the world of cinema. In 1993 and 1994 he studied in the Tisch School of the Arts in the New York University, in the cinema department.
He received the ICA Futures Award in 1996 and the DAAD in Berlin in 1999. That same year, he received the Turner Prize from the Tate Gallery in London.
In 2008 he was granted the Sydney Film Festival Award. In 2011 he was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the visual arts.
In 1997 he participated in Documenta X, and several years later he repeated this experience in Documenta XI (2002) and XII (2007).
He has attended the Venice Biennale on several occasions representing his country, and in 2009 he received the prestigious BAFTA award. In 2014 he won a Golden Globe.
His work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London (2010), the Art Institute in Chicago (2009), the Fondazione Prada in Milan (2005), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2003) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in California (1998).
A retrospective of his work was recently exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and in the Schaulager of Basel (2013). In 2014 he received an Oscar from the American Academy of Motion Pictures for the best picture for 12 Years A Slave.
Lives and works in Amsterdam and London.
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