Andrew Mackenzie was born in Banff, north east Scotland, and graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993. He lives and works in the Scottish Borders.
He has a forthcoming solo exhibition with Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, in Spring 2018 and is currently Project Artist for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, a major public art initiative. He is president of Visual Arts Scotland, one of the most important societies for the promotion of contemporary art and craft in Scotland.
His work has been exhibited extensively. Other solo exhibitions include four one-person shows with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London; Temporary Structures, Veined With Shadow-Branches, Silver Between the Falls and Still Surfacing in 2017, 2014, 2012 and 2010 respectively. Approaching the Verge was with An Talla Solais in Ullapool in 2013, Delicate Ground with Amber Roome Contemporary Art (part of the 2006 Edinburgh International Festival), Sunlight on Grey-painted Steel, Watching Water Rise at The Talbot Rice Gallery Round Room, Edinburgh, 2003, and New work, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds, 2002.
Group shows include Converge with Visual Art Scotland, RSA Edinburgh, 2016; Abstraction From Architecture, Edinburgh Printmakers, 2015; Space//Squared at White Space Gallery, San Francisco, 2014; Wider Than a Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2013; Drawn Away Together at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013; A Parliament of Lines, at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and The Pier Art Centre, Stromness, 2013; Evaluation of Space, Rochester Art Gallery, 2012; The Secret Confession, Edinburgh College of Art, 2010; RSA Annual, Edinburgh, 2011 (invited artist); Fleming Collection Summer Show, London, 2011; New Commissions from Edinburgh Printmakers at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, 2009; The Birthday Party, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004; Viewpoint, National Galleries of Scotland, Banff, 2005; ArtFutures, The Contemporary Art Society, London, 2003, and Past Standing at The Changing Room, Stirling, 2003.
Awards include a Visual Art and Craft Maker Award 2015, several Creative Scotland awards, a Hope Scott Trust Award and an Arts Trust Scotland Award. He completed in 2011 a major commission for Crown House, a new office building on Kingsway in London.
He has also shown his work in many international art fairs, including fairs in New York, Toronto, London, Chicago and Paris.
Collections include The University of Edinburgh, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, The Fleming Collection, The Royal Academy, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Academy and the Bank of America.