Ugo Rondinone: Artist Portrait

Ugo Rondinone

Born 1963.

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Ugo Rondinone Biography

Visual artist Ugo Rondinone was born in the Swiss town of Brunnen in 1964. Following his schooling, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, in 1983 to work for the Austrian multi-media artist Hermann Nitsch—the experience persuaded Rodinone to pursue art himself.

Rodinone enrolled at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunste in Vienna, Austria, and graduated in 1990. In the years following, he began creating paintings made up of concentric circles, similar to those done by Kenneth Noland, which captured international attention. In 1998, he relocated to New York City, where he continues to live and work today.

Following the success of his circular paintings, Rodinone began experimenting with a plethora of different modes and mediums, most prominently installation art. In 2007 he represented Switzerland in the Venice Biennale, where he completed an installation alongside Urs Fischer. In 2013, he was commissioned by the Public Art Fund to complete a piece for Rockefeller Plaza in New York, Human Nature, which consisted of enormous, totemic stone figures. Most recently, he completed a commissioned installation piece for the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art titled Seven Magic Mountains, which became available to the public in May of 2016. Initially scheduled to be on view for only two years, its overwhelming success—including over a million Instagram posts—led to an extension plan that will keep it in place through 2021. Rodinone’s work may be found in the permanent collection of the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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