Yinka Shonibare CBE

Yinka Shonibare CBE

British-Nigerian
b. 1962
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Overview

Describing himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Yinka Shonibare CBE creates work that explores issues of race and class through the media of sculpture, painting, photography, film, tapestries and public works.

Describing himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Yinka Shonibare CBE creates work that explores issues of race and class through the media of sculpture, painting, photography, film, tapestries and public works.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He lives and works in London.

Shonibare’s practice questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His signature material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. Originally this fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960s the material became a signifier of African identity and independence.

In 2019 Shonibare was awarded the decoration of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or CBE, and he added this title to his professional name.  

Selected Artworks

Yinka Shonibare CBE

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