David Byrne - photo by Mark Johann

David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1952, raised in Baltimore, and currently lives and works in New York. He studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1976 Byrne cofounded Talking Heads, and in 2002 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He co-wrote and directed the feature film True Stories in 1986. Byrne was the recipient of the Les Paul Award for Technical Excellence and Creativity in 2005, the Wired Award for Art in 2004, the Ivor Novello Award in 2002, an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1987 for The Last Emperor, and the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 1985 for Stop Making Sense. In 2009 Byrne wrote Bicycle Diaries.

Byrne’s solo exhibitions include Furnishing the Self: Upholstering the Soul (Chairs), Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (2006); What Is It?, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, N.C. (2003); David Byrne, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (2003); Indices: New and Ongoing Work by David Byrne, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (2001); Better Living Through Chemistry, Lloyd Jerome Gallery, Glasgow (1999); and Your Action World, Civico Museo Revoltella, Trieste, Italy (1998).

Group exhibitions include Machines and Souls: Digital Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2008); SUPERMODELS II: Real vs. Unreal, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Rome (2008); and Shhh! Sounds in Spaces, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2005).

Public works include Playing the Building, Creative Time, Battery Maritime Building, New York (2008); The End of Reason, Times Square, New York (2003); What Is It?, Tokyo Art Jungle Train (2002); Everything is Connected, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York (2002); and The New Sins, Bienal de Valencia, Spain (2001).

Photo of David Byrne by Mark Johann