John Latham was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (now Maramba, Zambia) in 1921. After serving in the Royal Navy, he enrolled at Regent Street Polytechnic and then studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1947–51). Solo exhibitions include Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2016); Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (2014); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2010); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City, USA (2006); Tate Britain, London, UK (2005, 1976); Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, USA (1996); MoMA Oxford, UK (1992); Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (1991); Société des Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (1984); and Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (1975). Multiple shows in the Lisson Gallery. His work was shown in many group exhibitions including Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany (1977) and the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice Italy (2005). His work is held in collections worldwide, including Tate Collection and MoMA.