David Hockney is an English artist who was an important contributor to the British pop art movement of the 1960s, He is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Originally from York ,England, he attended the Royal Academy of Art in London where he studied with Frances Bacon and Peter Blake. In 1967 he relocated to Southern California . with his work often reflecting the landscapes, colors, and architecture of the area. In 1979 he became a founding member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Hockney is the recipient of numerous international awards . He was offered a knighthood in 1990 but declined, before accepting an Order of Merit in January 2012. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Progress medal in 1988 and an Honorary Fellowship. In 2003, he was awarded the Lorenzo de' Medici Lifetime Career Award of the Florence Biennale, Italy.
Hockney is one of the most popular and widely exhibited artists of all time. In May 2017 he was presented at Tate Britain, becoming the gallery's most visited exhibition ever. The exhibition marked Hockney's 80th year and spanned six decades of achievements in painting, printmaking, photography, and stage designs for the Royal Court Theatre, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The show then traveled to Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.