Julian Opie was born in 1958 in London and graduated from Goldsmiths School of Art in 1983. A contemporary artist, he is known for his distinctive depictions of figures, portraits, and landscapes. He was awarded a residency at the Atelier Calder in Sache, France (1995-1996), the Sargant Fellowship at the British School in Rome (1995), and was recognized for Best Illustration for his work, Best of Blur by Music Week CADS in 2001. Prolific and widely known, he is represented by 12 galleries worldwide and has presented many public projects in cities around the world, notably in the Dentsu Building in Tokyo 2002; City Hall Park in New York 2004, Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan 2006; River Vltava in Prague 2007; Phoenix Art Museum USA 2007; Dublin City Gallery in Ireland 2008; Seoul Square in South Korea 2009; Regent’s Place in London 2011; Calgary, Canada; The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London; and more recently permanent installations at SMETS in Belgium, PKZ in Zurich, Arendt and Medernach in Luxembourg, Taipei, Taiwan and Tower 535, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. His works can be found in many public art collections, including Tate, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, Arts Council, British Council and National Portrait Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, ICA in Boston USA, Essl Collection in Vienna, IVAM in Spain, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan. Opie lives and works in London.