Born in Bristol, England, Damien Hirst studied at Goldsmith’s College and in 1988 curated the now-renowned London exhibition Freeze. In 1991, he had his first solo exhibition, and in 1992 his work was a major part of the groundbreaking Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Hirst was awarded the prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize in 1995. Hirst’s work has been shown in numerous important group and solo shows in major museums and galleries throughout the world, and is in many major museum collections. In 2012 the most comprehensive exhibition of Hirst’s work to date broke attendance records at Tate Modern, London.