Peter Doig's childhood was dominated by frequent moves. He never lived more than three years in the same house and attended nine different schools. 1962 the family moved to Trinidad in 1966 then to Canada.
In 1979 he went to London. He was interested in studying as a set designer, but opted for painting and studied at the Wimbledon School of Art, 1980-1983 at the St Martin 's School of Art ( BA degree ), from 1989 to 1990 at the Chelsea College of Art and Design ( graduated as MA).
In 2002 he moved with his wife, Bonnie, and their five children to Port of Spain, Trinidad. He also moved into a house in the nearby mountains to work there in peace.
Since 2005 he is a professor of painting at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf.
Preferably, Doig paints landscapes. Often photographs form the basis of his pictures, but he does not paint in photo-realistic style. He often uses unusual color combinations and viewing angle, thus achieving a magically realistic effect. His trademark is always the refusal to submit to the mainstream; Although his paintings are aesthetically pleasing, but also to see at the same time socially critical.
Together with his friend Che Lovelace organized Doig in his studio in Laventille, Trinidad week the Studio Film Club, a small film festival of contemporary avant-garde films. For this, the artist paints posters, which are then torn him from the gallery in Europe formally out of hand, and then to achieve top prices at auctions. Peter Doig is one of the highest paid living artist of our time. His works achieved prices up to eleven million dollars. From the art magazine Monopol he was placed for the year 2007 as the eight most important living artists in the world.
- 2002: The Bailey Collection, Toronto
- 2002: 100 Years Ago, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
- 2002: Michael Werner Gallery, New York
- 2004: Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
- 2004: Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
- 2004/2005: Galerie Buchholz, Cologne ( together with Jochen Klein)
- 2005: Museum Ludwig, Cologne
- 2006: Ballroom, Marfa / Texas
- 2006: Go West Young Man, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
- 2008/2009: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
- 2013: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh after Montreal Museum of Fine Arts