Robin Rhode was born in Cape Town, Africa in 1976 and raised in Johannesburg. He graduated from the South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Arts, Johannesburg in 2000.
Rhode’s early practice was dominated by performances, which took place at first on the streets and then in museums and galleries. These performances morphed into a more cultivated work, reminiscent of street culture, using public spaces as his “canvas.” Working predominantly with everyday material such as charcoal, chalk and paint, he creates performances based on his drawings and then refines them into photographic sequences and digital animations.
Conceptually linked to such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and David Hammons, Rhode has realized his own personal vision and approach within his interdisciplinary practice. Going beyond established boarders and traditional methods, he creates works in which spectators become participants breaking the customary artist-spectator roles.
Rhode’s work is included in numerous public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Goetz Collection, Munich; and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Robin Rhode currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.