British, born Malta 1960, lives in London
Keith Piper was born in Malta, and grew up in and around Birmingham, England. While attending Lanchester Polytechnic, where he took foundation classes in art and design (1979–1980), Piper joined with other young black artists to form the BLK Art Group. Their exhibitions gave rise to a new, political voice in contrast to the British art establishment. Piper continued his formal studies, earning a BA in Fine Arts from Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham (1983), and a MA in Environmental Media from the Royal College of Art in London (1986). Piper is known for his multi-media installations, which often incorporate computer technology, video, music, text, and photography. He has exhibited internationally, with a mid-career survey at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1999), and one-person shows at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, London (1994), and the Camden Arts Centre in London (1991). A multi-media book project, Relocating the Remains, was published in 1997 by the Institute of International Visual Arts.