Ugo Rondinone

1964 -

 " Rondinone’s work addresses the nature of subjectivity as it struggles to position itself in relation to the world.  Such a struggle induces feelings of reverie and contemplation, a suspended state of melancholy, longing and desire that is redeemed through poetic and aesthetic engagement.”

The artist Ugo Rondinone, whose prolific work is characterized by its diversity and the variety of its materials, has become famous in the contemporary art world for his installations and artistic performances. His art deals primarily with the constantly changing relationship between the artist and the world.

Rondinone has explored many disciplines since the 80s, including painting, photography, sculpture, and video and sound installations. After studying at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna from 1986 to 1990, he moved to Zurich where he continued to develop his art.  The artist soon became recognized as a leading figure in international contemporary art with works that establish a dialogue between melancholy, introspection, and poetic engagement.

Rondinone has had many solo exhibitions and participated in international group exhibitions.  He represented his native country at the 2009 Venice Biennial.  His works, such as We Run Through a Desert on BURNING Feet, All of Us are Glowing our Faces Look Twisted (2009), are found in international collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland. The artist lives and works in New York and Zurich.

Ugo Rondinone
Photo: Christian Grund Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Birth name

Ugo Rondinone


Born Switzerland: Brunnen, 1964




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