She was born in London of Ghanaian descent in 1977. She went to art school in England but received little encouragement as she was working figuratively at a time when ‘the young British artists’ were producing shocking, sensational works using materials that were new to art…blood, cows cut in half, sharks in formaldehyde and elephant dung.
The beautiful people in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings give no cultural hints. They’re not from anywhere. There is no political point evident. There are no hints in the settings. They are not portraits of people. They are fabricated from her imagination. There’s a big article about Yiadorn-Boakye in the current New Yorker if you want to read more.