Gerard Byrne was born in Dublin in 1969, where he continues to live and work. He was awarded the prestigious PS1 studio award in 1997-98, and graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1999. Byrne was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award in 2006. In 2007, he was the Irish representative for the 52nd Venice Biennale, and he had solo exhibitions at Lisson Gallery, London; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Dusseldorf, Germany; Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland; and Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver. Byrne has participated in significant group exhibitions including: the Nordic Biennial, Moss, Norway; A Short History of Performance 3, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; 3rd Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2006); Eindhoven - Istanbul, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (2005): The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Istanbul Biennale (2003); and Manifesta 4 (2002).