Clay Ketter, born in Maine, USA, today lives in Lilla Uppåkra in Sweden. 1962-79 he lived in North Haven, Connecticut. He received a bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in 1985 at SUNY, Purchase Center for the Arts. 1980-87 he lived in New York. Clay Ketter’s art can be seen as a form of field work, exploring the relationship between art and the world of manual labour.
Clay Ketter has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Nutopi ("Aperto '95") at Rooseum in Malmö (1995), White Cube in London, "Abstrakt/Real" at Museum Moderner Kunst/Stiftung Ludvig in Vienna, "På Tiden" at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, "Art is what happens to us while we're busy making other art" at Kognoshuset in Lund (1996), "Louisiana Udstillingen '97" at Louisiana, Humlebæk, Deposition, "LASPIS" at the Venice Biennial XLVII (1997), "Everyday" at the 11th Sydney Biennial, "Clay Ketter + Jeff Koons + Fischli-Weiss" at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, "Young Americans 2" at Saatchi Gallery in London (1998), Sonnabend Gallery in New York, "Primary Structures" at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, "Carnegie Art Award 1999" in Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, London (1999) "Against Design" at Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Sonnabend Gallery in New York, "Recent Works" at Galleri Specta in Copenhagen (2000).
In 1999 Ketter won the Carnegie Art Award for Nordic Painting.
Furthermore Ketter is represented at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Louisiana in Humlebæk, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna, the Dunker Culture Center in Helsingborg and the Saatchi Collection in London