1965 · United Kingdom
Damien Hirst is one of the most celebrated and influential British artists of the last decades. Ambiguous and contested, his artistic production varies from painting and drawings to sculptures and installations with the purpose of expressing the fragility of human life and the uncertainty of modern times. All his work revolves around the repetition of two main themes, on the one hand, death and mortality, on the other, the idea of science as a new form of religion. A plethora of memento mori, controversially but with consistency, marks out his production. Significant is also his activity as a collector and curator. Born in Bristol in 1965 and grown up in Leeds, Hirst he moved to London in 1984, where he studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. Currently, he is active between London, Gloucestershire, and Devon. Hirst is widely known for his "Natural History" series (begun in 1991) and in particular "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" became a symbol of contemporary British art in the nineties. Since late 1980, his work has been shown internationally, with both solo and group exhibitions, but also retrospectives staged at Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples in 2004, and at Tate Modern in London in 2012. In 1995, he won the Turner Prize in recognition of his work.