John Berger was born in November 1926 in London. He served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London.
In 1952 Berger began writing for the New Statesman, and quickly became an influential Marxist art critic. He has published a number of art books including the famous Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a television series by the BBC.
His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize and was also awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in the same year. His novel From A to X, was longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
His works include Why Look at Animals?, Lying Down to Sleep and Bento's Sketchbook.
Berger now lives in France.