Keith Sonnier (1941 – 2020) radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never before been used, Sonnier called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. In 1968, he began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work.
Keith Sonnier (b. 1941) emerged in the 1960s among a generation of artists who inherited the lessons of Minimalism and began using less rigid forms in their work. Sonnier earned his MFA from Rutgers University in 1966, studying with Robert Morris and Robert Watts. When he began exhibiting in New York in the mid-1960s, he was grouped with New York Postminimalist and process artists. Among the first artists to employ neon as a medium, Sonnier’s investigations of light, color, space, structure and materials have sustained his practice since the 1960s.
Sonnier has been the subject of over 150 solo artist exhibitions including a retrospective held at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana (1987). Featured in over 360 group exhibitions, Sonnier’s work has been included in the Venice Biennale (1982,1972), the Whitney Biennial (1977, 1973); Biennale de Paris (1975); and International Biennial Exhibition of Prints, Tokyo (1974). Sonnier’s work is held in over fifty public collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Leo Villareal (b. 1967) uses LED lights to create complex, rhythmic artworks on scales ranging from stand-alone sculptures to public infrastructure projects. Villareal is known for illuminating entire façades and bridges across the world, subtly reflecting their use, environment, and history through speed, pattern, and color.SEE ARTIST
Antonio Vigo (b. 1972) began his artistic training at the School of Arts and Crafts (1992). Since 2007, he has combined his work as a professor of Fine Arts, currently at the Rey Juan Carlos University, with his sculpture projects.SEE ARTIST
Sultan bin Fahad
Sultan bin Fahad (b. 1971) considers art as a journey between intangible memories and tangible cultures. Throughout his abstract drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations bin Fahad’s central theme and object of concern remains material culture in his native Saudi Arabia.SEE ARTIST
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