Yinka Shonibare, MBE (b.1962) is a painter, photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. His art is influenced by both the cultures of Nigeria, where he grew up, and England, where he studied and now lives. He has exhibited widely throughout the world, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. The artist's work was included in the African pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and his numerous group shows include William Hogarth (2006, organized by Musée du Louvre, Paris); War and Discontent (2007, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts); and African Art Today: An Unbounded Vista (November 2008, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri). His public sculpture proposal for the Fourth Plinth site in London's Trafalgar was installed in May (the Maquette will be included in the Richmond Center exhibition). Among Shonibare's recent solo exhibitions are a 2006 self-titled exhibition at the Speed Museum (Louisville, KY), The Hayward Flag Project (2007, The Hayward Gallery, London), Le jardin d'amour (2007, Musée de quai Branly, Paris), and Scratch the Surface (2007, National Portrait Gallery, London). His film Odile and Odette at the Savannah College of Art and Design, ACA Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (which will be featured in the Richmond Center exhibit). The artist was also the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia (Fall 2008), which travelled to the Brooklyn Museum and Washington D.C.. Shonibare was awarded the prestigious title of Member of the British Empire in 2005.
The exhibition continues in the Rose Netzorg and James Wilfrid Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery.