Robert Ryman

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Date of Birth: May 30, 1930
Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Date of Death: -
Focus: Painter
Art movement: Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Monochromatic painting
Nationality: American

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Robert Ryman Biography

Robert Ryman, who was born in Nashville in 1930, was raised in Tennessee. After serving in the Army Reserve during the Korean War, Ryman moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist. He was forced to take a day job as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in order to make ends meet, but soon found himself captivated by the world of visual art.

During his employment at the MOMA, Ryman crossed paths with the most influential artists of the time. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko, William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock were only a few of the artists who inspired Ryman to begin his own career in painting. By 1955, Ryman had completed his first painting, a monochromatic piece named “Untitled (Orange Painting).”

Since 1955, Ryman has become a renowned painter whose minimalist, conceptual work has challenged the imaginations of his viewers. While greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement, Ryman took a different approach to art using mainly white paint applied to square surfaces. This art is meant to be animated by light and shadow in order to reveal its true beauty.

Ryman’s experimental artwork was first featured in a solo exhibit in 1967, and he has since held more than 100 solo exhibits worldwide. Currently, Ryman lives and works in both Pennsylvania and New York.