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