William Kentridge (1955 - ) was born and still lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre, and opera productions. While his practice, expressionist in nature, is entirely underpinned by drawing, his method combines studio-based and collaborative practices to create works of art that are grounded in politics, science, literature, and history, and maintain a space for contradiction and uncertainty. Kentridge earned a BA degree in politics and African studies at the University of Witwatersrand, followed by a diploma in Fine Arts from the Johannesburg Art Foundation. In the early 1980s, he studied mime and theatre at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacque Lecoq in Paris, hoping to become an actor. His work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has participated in a number of Biennales, including Documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale. In 2016 Kentridge founded the Centre for Less Good Idea in Johannesburg – a space for responsive thinking and making through experimental, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary art practices. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities including Yale and the University of London and has been awarded a number of high-profile international awards.