Born in 1965, in Birmingham.
Hurvin Anderson was a student at Wimbledon College of Art (1991-94) and the Royal College of Art in London (1996-98).
His work reflects a distinctive tradition of British genre painting, echoing the likes of Michael Andrews, David Hockney and Peter Doig, with whom he studied at the RCA. Like these artists, Anderson is a master technician, a 'painter's painter' with the ability to invest something deeply personal into his art. His recent output has often made reference to the Carribean where his parents lived before moving to Britain; this work constitues a dialogue between the two cultures and histories.
His paintings exude a strong sense of place in which, as the art critic Jennifer Higgie puts it "histories and memories intertwine; an English landscape might echo a garden in the Caribbean, and vice versa.... the journeys that are hinted at here are solitary, introspective ones. Yet, even in the loneliest of landscapes, someone hovers in the wings; everywhere has, to some extent, been shaped by human intervention." (Catalogue to 'Reporting Back' IKON Gallery, 2013.)
Anderson has exhibited regularly since 1995 first in the UK in group shows then increasingly at international venues; solo exhibitions have been held in San Francisco (2008), London (the Tate Gallery) (2009), New York (2009, 2011, 2016), Birmingham (2013), St Louis (2015), Toronto (2016) Charlotte, USA (2018) and Tokyo (2019).
In 2007 he had an exhibition jointly with Henriette Grahnert at the Mead Gallery, Warwick University.
Public collections featuring work by Anderson include the Tate Gallery, the Government Art Collection, the British Council Collection and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2017 he was nominated for the Turner Prize.