Steve McQueen was born in 1969 in London; he lives and works in London and Amsterdam. Large-scale surveys of McQueen's work have been held at Tate Modern, London in 2020, the Schaulager, Basel in 2013 and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Forthcoming institutional shows include Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2022). Recent solo presentations include Steve MᶜQueen: Year 3, Tate Britain, London, (2019-2021), and exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts (2017); The Whitworth, Manchester (2017); the Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2017); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017); the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (2017); and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016). McQueen has previously participated in Documenta XII (2007), XI (2002) and X (1997), and the Venice Biennale (2015, 2013, 2007 and 2003), representing Great Britain in Venice in 2009.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (2020), Johannes Vermeer Prize (2016), Harvard University, W.E.B. Du Bois Medal (2014), CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2011), OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (2002) and the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London, England (1999).
McQueen has directed four feature films: Hunger (2008), Shame (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2014), and Widows (2018), as well as the series Small Axe, an anthology of five films shown on BBC and Amazon (2020). He won the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for Hunger in 2008 and the Oscar for the Best Motion Picture for 12 Years a Slave in 2014.