Marina Abramović is a highly significant performance artist and film maker, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1946. Since the beginning of her career, during the early 1970s where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Abramović has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. As a vital member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci and Chris Burden, Abramović created some of the most historic early performance pieces and continues to make important durational works.
In 2006 she was honored for Seven Easy Pieces by the Guggenheim at their International Gala in 2006 and by the AICA USA with the "Best Exhibition of Time Based Art" award in 2007. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque‚ and in 2003 received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View‚ a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery.
Abramović has shown internationally at the most prestigious of galleries, recent exhibitions include: 'Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present', a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010; 'Seven Easy Pieces', the Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2005; 'Balkan Erotic Epic', the Pirelli Foundation, Milan, Italy, and at Sean Kean Gallery, New York, 2005; 'The Star', the Maruame Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2004, and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2004; and 'Artist Body - Public Body', which toured to the Kunstmuseum, Bern, 1998; Grosse Halle, Bern, 1998; and La Gallera, Valencia, 1998.
Abramović has also presented her work in many large-scale international exhibitions including: the Whitney Biennial, 2004; the Venice Biennale, 1976, 1997; Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany, 1977, 1982, 1992.
Abramović's work is included in numerous major public and private collections worldwide.
Marina Abramović lives and works in New York.