Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, Marshall grew up in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1978. He currently lives in Chicago. His works have been presented around the world, including at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2013). In 2013, he was one of seven new appointees to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Other prestigious awards include a 1991 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 1997 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Wolfgang Hahn Award in 2014.