February 16, 2023

Born as Milton Ernest ‘Robert’ Rauschenberg in 1925 in Texas. He is one of the most important artists from the pop art movement, and is often called a ‘Neo-Dadaist’. Combined with the use of everyday (founded) materials and recognizable product, he created ‘assemblages’. A general term to be understood as ‘object-installations’. Beginning of the 1950s, he made series of monochrome paintings: ‘White, Black and Red Paintings’. After that he combined painting and sculpting techniques that are known under the name ‘Combines’. Inspired by Warhol he starts using the silkscreen technique in the 1960s. Throughout his career, he also made use of other mediums such as photography, papermaking, performance and even pure conceptual ideas. Rauschenberg is an absolute example of an investigating artist, with a great knowledge of art history, looking for innovative possibilities. Also his fascination for technology and other cultures where processed in his artworks. Many artists from the American post-war art world knew each other personally and often collaborated. With Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly he not only shared a studio, but also had a love affair. The last 25 years of his life his partner was Darryl Pottorf, who was also his assistant. In 2008 he died on Captiva Island in Florida due to heart failure.