B. 1951, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in London, UK.
Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.
Arad was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv. He studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, where he continues to live and work. He became a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013. He was a Professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London, where he headed the department, from 1997 to 2009. He was awarded the London Design Week Medal in 2011.
Arad’s works have been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including In Reverse, 2015 (Paul Kasmin Gallery, The Pinacoteca Agnelli, and the Design Museum Holon); The Last Train, 2013 (LV Venice Biennale); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, 2011 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London); and No Discipline, 2009 (Museum of Modern Art, New York).
In 2017 Arad won the competition to design the UK Holocaust Memorial in collaboration with Ghanaian British Architect Sir David Adjaye. He has designed a number of Public Art pieces, most recently the Vortext in Seoul, Korea, and the Kesher Sculpture at Tel Aviv University.
Arad’s work is represented in museum collections including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.