Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Lives and Works: Berlin, Germany
National Diploma in Fine Art, Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1988
Robin Rhode Bio
About The Artist
Equal parts high art, street art, and political treatise, Robin Rhode's multidisciplinary practice playfully examines class conflict, poverty, and the commodification of youth culture with humor and virtuosic skill. Rhode's definitively lo-fi performances and videos utilize drawing to startling political ends. Rendering cars, bicycles and other quotidian commodities on walls and streets with chalk, Rhode playfully interacts with his work, oftentimes dressed as a vaudeville clown complete with a top hat, a costume that obscures his identity.
With technical skill and clever wit, Rhode's work blends elements of animation and performance to question legacies of economic disparity, racial inequality, and the capitalist system under which he was raised in South Africa. In addition to various artist-in-residence awards in Minneapolis, Boston, Berlin, London, and Cape Town, Rhode received the Ars Viva Identity award and was the winner of both the Illy Prize in Brussels and a W South Beach Commission in Miami.
Robin Rhode Gallery Art
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
White Cube, London, England
Galleria Tucci Russo, Turin, Italy
Robin Rhode Permanent Collections
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Musee du Québec, Québec, Canada