Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He moved to Britain in 1966 where he has lived and worked ever since.
Over the past forty-two years he has had numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums across the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and MoMA, New York, and the Kunstvereins in Dusseldorf, Stuttgart.
Craig-Martin is well known to have been an influential teacher at the renowned Goldsmiths College, London, where he fostered the Young British Artists, many of whom he taught, including Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.
From his early box-like constructions of the late 1960s he moved increasingly to the use of ordinary household objects. In the late 1970s he began to make line drawings of ordinary objects. During the 1990s the focus of his work shifted decisively to painting, his works being characterized by boldly outlined motifs and vivid color schemes, which became his hallmark style.