Tony Cragg RA
Tony Cragg RA
Tony Cragg studied at Gloucestershire College of Art, Cheltenham from 1969 to 1970. He went on to study at Wimbledon School of Art, London from 1970 to 1973 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1973 to 1977. In 1977 he moved to Wuppertal in Germany, and has taught at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf since 1978.
Cragg’s first solo exhibitions were held in 1979 at the Lisson Gallery, London, at the Lützowstr Situation, Berlin and at the Künstlerhaus Weidenallee, Hamburg. The following year he had several solo shows in countries throughout Europe including the UK, France, Germany and Italy. His international reputation quickly spread, and many solo exhibitions of his work have been held annually in key venues throughout the world. Retrospective exhibitions have been held at the Tramway, Glasgow (1992) and at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1996).
Cragg was the British Representative at the 43rd Venice Biennale in 1988, the year that he won the Turner Prize. More recently, he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize in 2001.
He received his Professorship at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf in 1988 and was elected Royal Academician in 1994. In 1996 he received an Honorary Professorship in Budapest and in 2001 received a Professorship at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK), Berlin, an Honorary Degree Award of Doctor of the University of Surrey and an Honorary Fellowship from the John Moores University, Liverpool. Cragg lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. In recent years, among others, an exhibition of his works was held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, in 2011.
Born: 1949 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Elected RA: 23 May 1994
Preferred media: Sculpture