Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She often uses events from her own life as a starting point for her art. Her work can be romantic, humorous, tragic, angry, hard-hitting and hopeful, and is often animated by playful wit. Working across a range of media her body of work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and needlework. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2008 Emin’s first major retrospective was exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, subsequently touring to Malaga in 2008 and Bern in 2009. In 2010, Emin collaborated with Louise Bourgeois on a suite of works on paper, entitled ‘Do Not Abandon Me’. In 2011 the Hayward Gallery presented a major survey of the artist’s work entitled Love is What you Want and the same year she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing. In 2012 there was a solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Turner Contemporary, Margate and a touring exhibition of her films was organized by MALBA, Buenos Aires. Tracey Emin lives and works in London.