Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany.
Lives and works in London and Berlin.
In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, from Tate, London. From 2003 to 2009, Tillmans served as a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and in January 2018, he was awarded the Kaiserring prize from the city of Goslar in Germany.
The Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, will welcome Wolfgang Tillmans for a major solo exhibition in 2021 and The Museum of Modern Art, New York for a survey exhibition in 2022.
He has also had solo exhibitions at the Wiels Brussels (2020); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); Carré d'art, Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes (2018); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (2017); Tate Modern, London (2017); Fundação de Serralves, Porto (2016); The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka (2015); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014); Museo de Arte de Lima (2013); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012); Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2008); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporanea, Mexico (2006); Museum Ludwig, Koln (2001) and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid (1998) among others.