You are here: Robert Ryman

Robert Ryman

Advance, 1976

Advance, 1976

Oil paint and Elvacite on blue Acrylivin, 2 Vinyl strings, 4 steel screws, 4 plates, 90.2 x 86.4 cm



“What matters is not what you paint but how you paint it”. 


Robert Ryman


The works of Ryman do not convey content outside of art, but show the basic structure of painting. A painting is nothing else but the result of a procedure during which paint is put on a surface by a brush.

Thus, his paintings show different tones and nuances of colors and different intensities of white which are dependent on the tools used, the color material, the way it is put on the surface and the surface itself.


Born 1930 Nashville, USA.

Participated at the 5th, 6th and 7th Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, and 1982).

Ryman is considered to be one of the representatives of Analytic Painting.

2005 won the Praemium Imperiale.

Lives and works in New York as an independent artist since 1966.