William Rodney Graham was born in 1949 in Abbotsford, BC. He studied Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. As a conceptual artist exploring the human experience, he became fascinated by the optics of light and seeing and the creation of media and art history inspired vignettes that often include the artist in the scene. He has also explored pinhole cameras and researched the camera obscura, an ancient scientific device. Rodney’s conceptual work reached a major turning point at the Skulptur Projekte in Munster, Germany, in 1987, and from that time has received prominent, worldwide recognition. He is known primarily as a performance artist whose conceptual forms span video, photography, music, sculpture, drawing, and installation. He has received the Order of British Columbia and in 1996 was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada.