Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated in the United States, where he studied at Yale University. He returned to Europe in the mid-1960s and was a key figure in the first generation of British conceptual artists. As a tutor at Goldsmith's College from 1974-1988 and 1994-2000, he had a significant influence on two generations of young British artists.
Throughout his career Craig-Martin has explored the aesthetic and linguistic character of everyday, designer and iconic ‘art-historical' objects which he has realised through a variety of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and computer animations. He has had major exhibitions and retrospectives at the Serpentine, London (2015/16); MTV RE:DEFINE, Dallas (2015); Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2014); the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2006) and National Art Centre, Tokyo (2007). In 2015 his first major exhibition in China began at the Himalayas Museum, Shanghai and travelled to Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan.
In 2006 Craig-Martin was appointed a Royal Academician, and in 2015 was the Chief Co-ordinator of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. He was awarded a knighthood in 2016. Craig-Martin published his first book of collected writings, On Being An Artist, in 2015.
His work is held in numerous museum collections around the world including Tate, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and MoMA, New York.
The Alan Cristea Gallery is the exclusive worldwide representative for Michael Craig-Martin's drawings and original prints.