Elizabeth Peyton was born in Connecticut in 1965 and studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Peyton is best known for stylized portraits but has used text and prominent architecture in earlier portraits of friends, pop icons and European royalty. More recently she has made her portraits on gesso-treated panels and canvases as well as using pencil, charcoal, graphite, woodcut, etching and monoprint.
Recent solo exhibitions include Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK, 2005; Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany, 2006 and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, 2008. Recent group exhibitions include Getting Emotional, ICA, Boston, USA, 2005; Essential Painting, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, 2006; The Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 2007 and Old School, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, UK, 2007.
The artist lives and works in Long Island, New York.