Howard Hodgkin was born in London and attended Eton, Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art.
In 1984, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and in the following year won the Turner Prize. He exhibited internationally for over four decades and his work is included in major public and private collections all over the world. Major museum surveys include Paintings: 1975-1995, organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, that opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and toured to Fort Worth, Düsseldorf, and London; a major retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006) traveling to Tate Britain (in a considerably expanded version) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and a survey of paintings of the last decade at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (2007), and travelling to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Hodgkin's works are held in public and private collections worldwide, including UBS and Deutsche Bank. A monograph on Hodgkin was published in the year of his death by Lund Humphries.