Robin Rhode’s art is a hybrid, a form of expression in which the artist combines different genres and art forms: performance, video, photography, drawing and sculpture, creating narrative sequences using everyday materials in which he often portrays himself while creating murals or performances. The imaginative and musical components play a large part in his work, as do numerous post-modern references such as hip-hop, popular sports, street art, youth culture and film.
Robin Rhode (Cape Town, South Africa, 1976) has lived and worked in Berlin since 2002. In 1984 he moved to Johannesburg where he studied art and film. From 1996 to 2001 he trained at AFDA - Association of Film and Dramatic Arts. His exhibitions include: Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands (2021); Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria (2020); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2019); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (2018); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2017); Drawing Center, New York, USA (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA (2010). In 2005 and 2015 he participated in the Venice Biennale representing South Africa. His works are to be found in private and public collections including the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Turin, Italy), GAM di Torino (Turin, Italy), Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., MoMA in New York, Walker Art Center of Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) and Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York.
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