Howard Hodgkin was born in London in 1932. He attended Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. His first retrospective was curated by Nicholas Serota at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1976. Since then major museum exhibitions include Paintings 1975-1995, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1995, travelled to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Kunstverein Düsseldorf; and Hayward Gallery, London); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006, travelled to Tate Britain, London; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid); Paintings: 1992-2007, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (2007, travelled to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge); Time and Place, 2001-2010, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2010, travelled to De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands; and San Diego Museum of Art); and Howard Hodgkin, Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, France (2013) and most recently Howard Hodgkin: Paintings 1984-2015 - A Tribute, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVA, Mumbai, Indian Waves, Gagosian Gallery, London and Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin, Aga Khan Museum (2015).
Howard Hodgkin was knighted in 1992, awarded the Shakespeare Prize in Hamburg in 1997, and made a Companion of Honour in 2003.