Gillion Grantsaan was born in 1968, in Paramaribo, Suriname. He grew up in the Netherlands and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. In his work he often uses his Surinam roots in humorous way. In 1996 he received a grant for young artists and took part in the group show Mothership Connection in the SMBA (Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Netherlands). He won the Charlotte Köhler prize in 1998.