Born in 1934 in Bartica, British Guiana (now Guyana), Frank Bowling grew up with his family in New Amsterdam. He moved to London at the age of 19 to pursue poetry and art.
He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1962, and has since the mid 60s spent part of each year between London and New York where he maintains studios.
In 2005 Frank Bowling became the first black British artist elected as a Royal Academician and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for services to art.
Frank Bowling exhibits in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. His works are included in important private and corporate collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London where he has had a major retrospective.