Juan Muñoz was born in 1953 in Madrid, and died unexpectedly in August 2001, aged forty-eight.
He studied at Central School of Art in London and the Pratt Centre in New York. He is one of a generation of European artists to have emerged over the last twenty years whose work has significantly extended the language of sculpture. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including A Place Called Abroad, Dia Centre for the Arts, New York (1996), Venice Biennale (1997), Doubletake, Hayward Gallery, London (1993), Documenta IX, Kassel (1992) and Possible Worlds, ICA, London (1990). A major touring retrospective of his work opened in Washington DC in October 2001.
Juan Muñoz won the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas Prize in 2000, Spain's most prestigious art prize.