Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. Walker has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Her recent solo museum shows include "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love," which opened at the Walker Art Center in 2007 and traveled to ARC/Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and "Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge," which opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006. She participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2007, was the recipient of the Deutsche Bank Prize and was the American representative to the São Paulo Biennial.
Her work is included in numerous museums and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery in London, the Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee in Rome, and Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. She is a 2012 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives and works in New York City.
2007 The Time 100
Few have managed to capture the collision between past and present, between histories and horror stories, between sexuality and shame, between skin and meat, as powerfully and provocatively as Kara Walker....▶