Mark Wallinger was born in 1959 in Chigwell, England. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and Goldmiths College, both in London, where he still lives and works. Since the 1980s, he has focused on the traditions of English society, from its history to its values, institutions and class system. He examines these themes through painting, sculpture and video. At the end of the 1990s, he turned his attention to spirituality and religion. In Angel (1997), he wears the clothes of Blind Faith, his blind alter ego. In the video, Wallinger opens a debate about the real capacity of the viewer’s vision, addressing the question of the search for empirical truth and religious faith. In 2007, with State Britain, he filled the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain by recreating in the minutest detail the protest of pacifist Brian Haw in Parliament Square, once again pointing the finger explicitly to England today, in particular to the reality of civil liberties and the violation of the right to free speech and thought.
In 2001 Mark Wallinger represented England at the 49th Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at Serlachius Museum / Art Museum Gösta, Finland (2016), Hauser & Wirth, London (2016) and the Carlier | Gebauer gallery, Berlin (2014). His work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.