Damaris Athene was born in Bristol, UK, in 1992. She studied at Falmouth University for her Foundation Dipolma and graduated with a BA in painting from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015. Athene works across many mediums, exploring the corporeal and abstraction of the human form. She takes inspiration from a wide range of sources such as anatomy, microscopic images, derelict buildings and decaying vegetative matter. Athene worked as a painting assistant for Damien Hirst for a year after graduating, and now lives and works in Cambridge, building up a portfolio for the Royal Academy. Athene was shortlisted for the Hans Brinker Painting Prize in Amsterdam in 2014 and was selected for the Clyde and Co Art Award in 2015.