b. 1955, UK; lives and works in London

2019 Elected President of the Royal Academy

2017 Elected Keeper of the Royal Academy

2014 Elected as a Royal Academician

1979-81 Kyoto City University of Art, Japan

1974-77 Bristol Polytechnic, BA 

After graduating from Bristol University, Rebecca Salter was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Scholarship and a research post at the Kyoto City University in Japan. She became absorbed in Japanese culture and decided to remain in the country for the next six years. During this time she also made time to study calligraphy giving her a profound insight beyond the practice of line and mark making, but also taught her about ‘dynamic movement’ and the art of meditation — elements that were to influence her future work. 

In 2019 Salter, was elected the first female president of the Royal Academy of Arts in its 251 year history.