Hank Willis Thomas

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17, 1976
Planfield, NJ
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17, 1976 (age 44)
Planfield, NJ


Conceptual artist who is known for his work in sculpting and focuses on themes relating to perspective, identity, and culture. His work is in the permanent collections of several major museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 

Before Fame

He earned his BFS in 1998 from NYU. He then earned his MA in 2004 from the California College of the Arts where he also earned his MFA in Photography. He later received an honorary PhD from the Institute of Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts and from the Maryland Art Institute. 


In 2017, his work For Freedoms was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform works. 

Family Life

He was born and raised in Planfield, New Jersey. 

Associated With

He shared a portrait he took of Kiran Gandhi to his Instagram in November of 2018.