Yinka Shonibare, MBE, (born 1962) is a British-Nigerian artist currently living and working in London. Shonibare received his B.F.A. from Byam Shaw College, and later received his M.F.A. from Goldsmith’s College in London. In 2004, Shonibare was awarded his MBE; in 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate as a Fine Artist from the Royal College of Art. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmith’s College. His work has been exhibited internationally and in 2004, Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee.
Shonibare is most famous for creating paintings, sculptures, photography, and films that highlight themes of colonialism, post-colonialism, and globalization. He has also explored these themes through performance art and installations. His work engages the audience to question what contributes to cultural identity. Using bold colors, elaborate decoration, and colonial costumes made of African textiles, Shonibare has developed a distinctive style that is recognizable throughout the world. His sculptures, paintings, and exhibits explore contemporary global themes of poverty, consumerism, dislocation, and cultural identity within a historical context. Starting next month, Shonibare will have an extensive exhibit at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a gallery solo exhibit at the Stephan Friedman Gallery.