Born USA, 1969
African-American artist Kara Walker is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. Through these life-size cut-outs Walker explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity with the Antebellum South, slavery and more recently the devastation of Hurricane Katrina as her subject matter.
In 1997, Walker became one of the youngest people to receive a MacArthur ‘genius award’ fellowship. She was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, Artists and Entertainers in 2007.
Walker lives in New York and is on the faculty of the MFA program at Columbia University.