In 2022, the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation had the pleasure of presenting the artist Yinka Shonibare CBE – one of the world’s currently most widely-acknowledged and successful artists. Thanks to a private donation, the cultural foundation acquired a new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare, the third work in Princess Estelle’s Sculpture Park, which the foundation together with the Royal Djurgården administration is establishing in the Rosendal area.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in London in 1962, grew up in his family’s native Nigeria, then returned to the UK to study art school and has had an outstanding career since the early 90’s.

CBE is a title that Shonibare added to his name two years ago, when he was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This is just one of many prestigious awards he has received since being nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004. Shonibare is a member of the Royal Academy in London, he is represented in several of our contemporary most important art collections and has also participated in the Venice Biennale, documenta XI, and exhibitions at leading museums around the world.

What Yinka Shonibare CBE has become known for is the work in different techniques; painting, photography, performance, film and sculpture, where he started from Western art history to explore the concepts of cultural and national identity. His signature material is the colorful batik fabric that is considered genuinely African despite having a completely different origin. The fabrics are in fact inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by Dutch people in the 19th century who sold them on to European colonies in West Africa. There, the textiles became very popular, which led to them ironically becoming a symbol of the African quest for liberation and independence in the 1960s.

Shonibare, who describes himself as a “postcolonial hybrid”, regards his most crucial work material, pseudo-African cotton batik fabrics, as a metaphor for migration.  “The material has the ability to be Dutch, Indonesian and African at the same time. For me, the fabrics are a symbol of cross-cultural connections,” says Yinka Shonibare CBE.


Born in London 1962, grew up in Lagos.
Lives and works in London.

2002 documenta XI, Kassel, curator Okwui Enwezor
2003 Fellow, Goldsmiths College, London
2004 Nominated for the Turner prize, Tate Britain, London
2004 IASPIS, The International Artists’ Studio Program in Stockholm
2004 Vasa, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2004 The film Un Ballo in Maschera, Moderna Museet and SVT Stockholm
2005 Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
2007 The 52nd Venice Biennale
2007 Honorary Doctor, Huron University, Ontario,
2009 Founded ”Guest Projects”, Artist Residency Project Space in London
2010 Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London
2010 Honorary Doctor, the Royal College of Art, London
2012 Fellow, University of the Arts, London
2013 Royal Academician, the Royal Academy of Arts, London
2016 African Art Award, National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.
2019 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
2019 Founded Yinka Shonibare Foundation and Guest Artists Space Foundation in Lagos
2020 Robson Orr TenTen Award, London
2021 Art Icon Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London

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