Edmund de Waal was born in 1964. He studied English at Cambridge University and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and sounds, and is informed by his passion for literature.
De Waal has had major interventions in museums and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Waddesdon Manor, Tate Britain and the National Museum of Wales. In Autumn 2013, Edmund opened his first show in New York at the Gagosian Gallery. A commission of suspended vitrines, titled Atmosphere, opened in May 2014 for Turner Contemporary in Margate, which will hang in the Sunley Gallery until February 2015. Another public work, Lichtzwang, is on display over the course of Summer 2014 in a neo-classical temple in Vienna's Volksgarten. This marks the beginnings of an on-going relationship with the Kunsthistoriches Museum as de Waal prepares an exhibition for the museum itself to open in 2016. Other future projects include working at the Schindler House in LA in 2015 and with David Chipperfield Architects for a series of new works for London Victoria.
De Waal is also known as a writer. His recent book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which traces his family history, has been an international bestseller and won many literary prizes.