Hockney was born in Bradford, England, studying at the Bradford School of Art and London Royal College of Art. Considered a pioneer of the British Pop Art movement, he initially painted ordinary subjects from boxes of tea to swimming pools. At the end of 1963 he moved to California and became renowned for painting idyllic scenes of young men, palm trees and sunny skies.
Hockney is a versatile artist who has also created set and costume designs for opera productions. He continues to experiment in making prints and drawings with computers, fax machines, photocopiers, iPhones and iPads. He has held major retrospectives at the Royal College of Art in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
He currently lives and works in California.