Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. When he was only five years old, his family moved to Washington D.C. He attended Yale University from 1961 to 1966, earning a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree. During his final year at Yale, Craig-Martin taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The following year he moved to Britain, where he taught at the Bath Academy of Art and the Canterbury College of Art. He taught at Goldsmiths College in London from 1974- 1988, where he returned in 1993 as a Millard Professor of Fine Art.
He has completed installations for the Projects exhibition series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1991 and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1994. Craig-Martin has had five solo shows at Waddington Galleries in London and most recently he has created major wallpainting installations at the Kunstverein Hannover in 1998 and at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart in 1999.
His show titled “16 Objects, Ready or Not” was commissioned and co-produced by the Museum of Modern Art and was on view from November 1999- March 2000.