Rodney Graham (b. 1949, Abbotsford, British Columbia) studied art history at the University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1971 and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver from 1978 to 1979. An artist and musician, Graham has created a varied body of work since the 1970s, making use of such diverse media as film, photography, installation, painting, prints, literature, and music. He has visualized the interconnections between the various layers of everyday life and cultural history with a great deal of poetic irony, finesse, and conceptual originality. Exploring and reflecting on works of art, music and literature, as well as events in the intellectual history of all periods, he has created a complex œuvre that delicately balances reality and fiction. Doubling, repetition and looping are hallmarks of his work, devices he often uses with humour to question the notion of originality and the nature of perception.
Graham has exhibited widely throughout North America and Europe for over twenty years and, in 1997, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. In 2005 he was the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery that toured to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues in North America. Graham`s work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst others. He is represented by Lisson Gallery, London; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.