Chakaia Booker was born in Newark, NJ. Booker received a B.A. in sociology in 1976, and an M.F.A. in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.
Chakaia Booker began collaborating with printer, Phil Sanders, of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2009, and has created over 100 unique prints to date. During this time she has developed her own method to create her prints.
Taking full advantage of the various tools and materials available in the print studio, Booker cuts into woodblocks with drills, chisels and grinders and paints on paper with gouache, watercolor and film ink to create an array of lively marks: some sharp and rough, others organic, swirling and energetic. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Chakaia Booker's over 100 unique prints at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop