b. 1964, Switzerland

Ugo Rondinone Artworks

Ugo Rondinone artworks are meditations on the world and everyday life, that reflect particularly on the theme of time and, blur boundaries between what is real and artificial. Avoid making art that is intellectually complex Rondinone works with basic familiar imagery.

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Rainbows

In Rondinone's practice, rainbows are one of the most common motifs. From 1997, he began producing lit rainbow signs presenting simple poetic titles and phrases in large characters in the shape and colours of the rainbow. His later large-scale semi-circular 'Rainbow' paintings (2015–2016) continue the motif in acrylic airbrush on canvas and silkscreen on plexiglass.

At once beautiful and fantastical, the rainbow, easily recognised as an LGBT symbol, signifies the freedom to love whomever one wish. It is an especially important symbol for the artist given his affectionate relationship with John Giorno.

In a conversation with Ocula Magazine in 2014, Rondinone claims to work with 'very basic raw symbols, something that everyone can relate to, from a child to an old person, from the East to the West.' The emphasis is on creating engagement through experiencing the work first, rather than a conceptual understanding.

Mountains

Rondinone's use of Day-Glo rainbow colours extends into many other works. One of the artist's foundational sculptural motifs are his towers of brightly coloured rocks; a motif taken to its greatest heights in works like Seven Magic Mountains in Nevada (11 May 2016–2018). These towering stacks of rough-cut boulders are painted in artificial Day-Glo rainbow hues, as well as silver black, and white. In a press release for the Nevada installation, the artist stated that he sees this combination of artificial colour and natural rock formations as a continuum 'between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now.'

Stone Figures, Masks and Trees

Not all of Rondinone's art involves bright colours. Another of the artists favoured motifs consists of simple primitive figures, composed of rough-hewn stone blocks evoking man-made formations like Stonehenge. He also makes mask-like sculptures inspired by indigenous Alaskan Yup'ik mask. These aluminium casts made from clay moulds, are painted in a single dull colour.

Another kind of sculpture, yet again in aluminium, is the variety of ghostly olive trees, coated in white enamel that have found their way into public spaces across the globe.

Installations

Rondinone is also well known for his mixed-media installations. The artist's exhibitions often present a holistic, total work of art experience. Planned out in detail—with the use of miniature models—Rondinone establishes connections between different works that are enhanced by the colour scheme, generate layout and the architecture of the host gallery space.

Rondione's holistic installations combine various motifs developed throughout his career, creating new meaning through different arrangements. The artist's passive lacklustre clowns, that have appeared in video, life-size sculptures and live performances, have sat in layouts that also feature his floating mandalas, mesmerising and blurry target paintings, and brightly coloured monochrome wall paintings.

In Rondinone's 2021 Vocabulary of Solitude installation for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, light shines through coloured film installed in the high windows to cast an array of rainbow colours on the variously posed clown mannequins below.

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the nice by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone the nice, 2021 Bluestone, stainless steel, and concrete
124 x 38.5 x 26.5 cm
Not for sale
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Get up GIRL a sun is running the world by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone Get up GIRL a sun is running the world, 2006 Wood, acrylic paint Grey [yellowish]
133.5 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
nude (xxxxxxxxxxxx) by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone nude (xxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011 Wax and earth pigments
77 x 128 x 60 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
dreissigsteraugustzweitausendundvierzehn by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork painting
Ugo Rondinone dreissigsteraugustzweitausendundvierzehn, 2014 Acrylic on canvas and plexiglass plaque with caption
270 x 180 x 3 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
yellow blue monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone yellow blue monk, 2020 Painted bronze
395 x 192 x 111 cm
Gladstone Gallery Enquire
the sun III by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone the sun III, 2021 Gilded bronze
500 x 538 x 82 cm
Gladstone Gallery Enquire
black green monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone black green monk, 2020 Painted bronze
296.5 x 157 x 122 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
fog in the elbe valley 1821 by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone fog in the elbe valley 1821, 2016 Cast aluminium
73 x 29.5 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
drifting clouds  1820 by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone drifting clouds 1820, 2016 Cast aluminium
80 x 50 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
mountain landscape with rainbow  1810 by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone mountain landscape with rainbow 1810, 2016 Cast aluminium
65.5 x 62.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
man and woman contemplating the moon  1824 by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone man and woman contemplating the moon 1824, 2015 Cast aluminium
87 x 31 x 4 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
wanderer above the sea of fog  1818 by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone wanderer above the sea of fog 1818, 2015 Cast aluminium
93.5 x 46 x 4.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
gray brown nun by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone gray brown nun, 2020 Painted bronze
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
green black monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone green black monk, 2020 Painted bronze
295 x 97 x 170.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
white blue monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone white blue monk, 2020 Painted bronze
296.5 x 122 x 157 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
orange yellow monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone orange yellow monk, 2020 Painted bronze
293.5 x 102 x 130.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
blue violet nun by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone blue violet nun, 2020 Painted bronze
293 x 80 x 157 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
yellow white monk by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone yellow white monk, 2020 Painted bronze
295 x 93 x 125 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
black red nun by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone black red nun, 2020 Painted bronze
294.5 x 114.5 x 121 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
I Don't Live Here Anymore by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork photography
Ugo Rondinone I Don't Live Here Anymore, 1995 C-print, plexiglass, alucabond
70 x 50 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
I Don't Live Here Anymore by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork photography
Ugo Rondinone I Don't Live Here Anymore, 1995 C-print, plexiglass, alucabond
70 x 50 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
I Don't Live Here Anymore by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork photography
Ugo Rondinone I Don't Live Here Anymore, 1997 C-print, plexiglass, alucabond
70 x 50 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
I Don't Live Here Anymore by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork photography
Ugo Rondinone I Don't Live Here Anymore, 1995 C-print, plexiglass, alucabond
70 x 50 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
silver blue mountain by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone silver blue mountain, 2015 Painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
160.5 x 70 x 42 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
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