kara walker was born in stockton, california, and grew up in atlanta, georgia. she graduated from the atlanta college of art in 1991 and received her mfa from the rhode island school of design in 1994. walker has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. her recent solo museum shows include "kara walker: my complement, my enemy, my oppressor, my love," which traveled to: the walker art center, minneapolis, mn, arc/ musée d’art moderne de la ville de paris, france, the whitney museum of american art, new york, ny, the hammer museum, los angeles, ca, museum of modern art, fort worth and a solo show at cac málaga, centro de arte contemporáneo de málaga, spain. she also participated in the 52nd venice biennale, in june of 2007. she was the recipient of the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation achievement award in 1997, the deutsche bank prize in 2000, united states artists eileen harris norton fellowship in 2008, and the united states representative to the 25th international são paulo biennial in brazil in 2002. her work is included in numerous museums and public collections including the solomon r. guggenheim museum, the museum of modern art, new york, the metropolitan museum of art, new york, the tate gallery, london, the centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, rome, and deutsche bank, frankfurt. she lives and works in new york city.