The paintings of Marlene Dumas have been collected by some of the most renowned museums in the world. For over thirty years Marlene Dumas paintings have commented on the state of painting and the human spirit. Her paintings are always about people and she uses the human body as a conduit for a deeper physiological investigation. Often worked on in series, her paintings on canvas and paper merge themes of race, sexuality, and social identity with personal experience and art-historical antecedents, to create a unique perspective on important and controversial issues of the day.
Dumas has received several awards and honours including the Sandberg Prize in 1989, and 1998, as well as the David Roell Prize/Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize for Visual Arts 1998 and the Coutts Contemporary Art Award. In 2010 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. A year later in Stockholm she was awarded the Rolf Shock Prize in the Visual Arts, the stepsibling of the Nobel Prize. In 2012 her entire oeuvre was awarded the Dutch State Prize for the Arts, the Johannes Vermeer Award. Marlene Dumas (b. 1953, Jacobsdal, Western Cape, South Africa) studied at the Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT South Africa and Harlem in the Netherlands.
She now lives and works in Amsterdam.