Cindy Sherman is an American artist known for her innovative and influential work in photography, particularly in the field of self-portraiture. Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Sherman grew up in Long Island, where she became interested in photography at a young age. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and went on to study at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
Sherman is best known for her series of photographs in which she portrays different characters and personas, often using makeup, costumes, and props to transform her appearance. Her work challenges traditional notions of beauty and identity, and raises questions about the representation of women in art and media.
In addition to her photography, Sherman has also worked in film, video, and performance art. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography in 2016.
Sherman's art continues to inspire and influence artists around the world. Her innovative approach to photography and her exploration of issues related to gender and identity have made her a trailblazer in the art world and a true feminist icon.