Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He graduated from Goldsmith's College in 1989.
Hirst first came to public attention in 1988 when, as a student, he curated 'Freeze' - a student show held in a warehouse in Surrey Docks, East London.
Damien Hirst is perhaps the most controversial of the YBA's and is a key figure in contemporary British art. Hirst has exhibited worldwide and his work can seen in all major collections of contemporary art.