He studied at Parsons School of Design by living at the Chelsea Hotel, and focused his energy on partying rather than studying. In the early 1990’s Pruitt began exhibiting at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York; however, because the show contains very controversial content, he was refused to continue to be represented for several years. Afterwards a NY gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprises had Pruitt’s first sculpture show which was “Evian” fountain relating to baptism and rebirth. In 1998 Pruitt caused another minor scandal with a piece, called Cocaine Buffet. In this wise he is treated as a conceptual artist off the wall. Among the works by Pruitt, the most popular piece is an endangered specie that is a glittered panda. Those who like Marc Jacobs and Valentino, a fashion designer, Claudia Schiffer, a fashion model, Tom Sachs and Sam Taylor-Wood, an artist highly appreciate Pruitt’s creativity to be able to become the happiest mood.

Born in Washington DC in 1964

Solo Exhibitions
2002 Le Consortium, Dijon
2011 Dallas Contemporary
2012 Freiburg Kunstverein
2013 Aspen Art Museum
2015 the Brant Foundation in Greenwich 
2015 Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit 
2017 Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich 
2019 Rebuild Foundation, Chicago
2021 "Rob Pruitt" at 303 Gallery, New York
2021 "Winter of Discontent" at 303 Gallery, New York
Group Shows 
2009 Tate Modern 
2009 Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, Venice
2012 Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Public Exhibitions
June 25 - July 29, 2012 History Of The World, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
May 3 - July 14, 2013 ROB PRUITT: AN AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST, Aspen Art Museum
February 2 - March 23, 2014 Three Blind Mice, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium
May 11 - September 10, 2015 ROB PRUITT 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH, 
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center
May 15 - August 2, 2015 The Obama Paintings And The Lincoln Monument
Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit
February 17 - 26, 2017 ROB PRUITT’S DESERT X FLEA MARKET, 
Palm Springs Art Museum
August 4 - November 5, 2017 Yokohama Triennial 2017,  Yokohama Museum Of Art, Yokohama, Japan
April 18 - August 25, 2019 The Obama Paintings,  Rebuild Foundation - Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL




Andy Warhol
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Rob Pruitt
Robert Longo
Pablo Picasso
Edvard Munch
Andi Fischer
Bel Fullana
Helmut Newton
Robert Mapplethorpe
Richard Avedon
Alison Jackson
Guido Argentini
Antonio Redaelli
Nobuyoshi Araki
Noritoshi Hirakawa
Katsuhiko Brian Sato
Makoto Saito