Born in Dublin in 1941, Michael Craig-Martin studied at Yale University and is one of the UK's best known contemporary artists. Michael Craig-Martin has had a strong influence on the Young British Artists as an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College. The artist has taught artists such as Ian Davenport, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Julian Opie, and Fiona Rae.
Through his art, Michael Craig-Martin has long examined everyday objects, aesthetics, and design. He incorporates bright, flat colors and juxtaposes them together with everyday objects. He balances the more nuanced styles of Western art with the graphic traditions of caricature, illustration, and even cartoons. Craig-Martin's are brilliantly constructed images, shaped and honed, whether sketched in metal or crafted through computer software.
Craig-Martin has had retrospective shows at Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art as well as exhibitions and installations at the Centre Pompidou, MoMA, Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Arp Museum, and the National Art Center Tokyo among others. His work is in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Tate Gallery, London.