Yinka Shonibare, MBE

born 1962

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, ‘The Swing (after Fragonard)’ 2001
The Swing (after Fragonard) 2001
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Yinka Shonibare (born 1962) is a British-Nigerian artist living in the United Kingdom. His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. A hallmark of his art is the brightly coloured Dutch wax fabric he uses. Because he has a physical disability that paralyses one side of his body, Shonibare uses assistants to make works under his direction.

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