Robert Irwin was born in California, where he currently lives and works. Initially trained as a painter, in the 1960s and 1970s he dedicated himself to observing perceptive phenomena. Recognising the ‘temporary’ nature of art, and its inseparable connection with the surrounding environment, the artist pays extreme attention to space. Through subtle strategies like the use of neon and nylon, he experiments with qualities of light as an element that can change spatial relationships, and plays with rhythm, density, temperature and colour relationships. His fluorescent installations do not direct the viewer towards material and visible aspects, but towards his or her own awareness of the space. Pioneer of the Californian movement Light and Space and Conditional Art, Irwin absorbed the range of the minimalist movement, and combines his artistic research with architectural and landscape projects, conceiving for example the luxurious Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles (completed in 2005).
Robert Irwin recently exhibited at the Hirschorn Museum in Washington (2016), at Dia Beacon in New York (2015), at Villa Panza, Varese (2013), the Association of Visual Artists, Vienna (2013) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010). His work #8 X 8’ Fourfold (2010) was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition “The Illusion of Light” (2014-15).