Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1969. Lives in Los Angeles, California.
Vanessa Beecroft's work has been presented internationally since 1993 and has shaped performance art, the representation of the female body and sociopolitical discussions about art. Her exhibitions (entitled VB, followed by the number) have been an ongoing practice for over twenty-five years. Shown in some of the world's most important museums and major contemporary events, Beecroft's exhibitions highlight the tensions between nudity and clothing, constraint and freedom, collective and individual, human strength and weakness.
Vanessa Beecroft was one of the first artists to collaborate with fashion brands, starting in the 1990s, and has collaborated extensively with musician and producer Kanye West since 2009. Now a member of the popular culture and contemporary art canon, her work also manifests a deep dialogue with the history of art and representations across the traditions of Europe and many cultures of the world. She is also a passionate practitioner of photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, using every medium to present perspectives on the body, while combining Renaissance influences with modern representation. Her art is a passionate field of experimentation, rooted in history, revealing itself according to its own rules and expanding into the world in which it takes on many philosophical and political overtones to question the meaning of our existence as human beings.