Dana Schutz grew up in Livonia, Michigan and now currently works and lives in New York. Schutz attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia Univeristy in 2002.
Schutz describes her work as being loosely based on metanarratives. Schutz says: “The pictures float in and out of pictorial genres. Still lifes become personified, portraits become events and landscapes become constructions. I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.”
Her work hangs in many of the major museums in North America and Europe, as well as in several important private collections. A number of her works are in the Saatchi Gallery. She exhibits at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was in Paris's Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.