Rudolf Stingel


Italian, 1956

Rudolf Stingel was born in Italy in 1956. He made is first splash on the art world with his monochromatic works created in the late 1980s.  These works sometimes used metallic paints with undertones of color.  He later painted abstracts with the color applied wildly to the canvas.  Stingel has also made sculptures.  He did a series of orange radiators made from translucent cast resin.  They were then installed as if utilitarian.

Rudolf Stingel

MCA Chicago with Yale University Press

Interested in the relationship between painting and space, Rudolf Stingel is known for covering rooms with carpeting.  At the Venice Biennale in 1993, he installed a large plush orange carpet that was glued to the wall.  Stingel also encourages viewer participation.  In one exhibition, he covered the walls with silver metallic insulation board and invited visitors to mark them.  Stingel often questions elements of  painting today including  authenticity, meaning, hierarchy, and context.

More recent work includes a series of paintings based on photographic portraits and a series of enormous landscape paintings inspired by vintage photographs of his home town.   He participated in both the 1999 and 2003 Venice Biennales. In 2007, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago organized a mid-career retrospective of Rudolf Stingel’s work.  This exhibition was also show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2007.  Rudolf Stingel is an exciting artist who is prolific and diverse with his creativity.