A contemporary American artist, Matthew Ronay creates hybrid forms that exist between a primordial and futuristic state, examining ritualistic habits and the relationship between human bodies and the world around us. Through elaborate installations that incorporate performance and sculpted forms, he explores essential questions of faith and existence.
Born in 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky, Ronay now lives and works in New York. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, before earning his Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University in 2000. He has exhibited at institutions including Kunstverein Lingen, Germany; University of Louisville, Kentucky; Artspace, San Antonio; Serpentine Gallery, London; Sculpture Center, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London. Ronay participated in the 2013 Lyon Biennale, curated by Gunnar Kvaran, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
Drawing on traditions of folk and pre-avant-garde art, as well as surrealism, mythology, and psychedelia, Ronay's work invites the viewer to step out of the everyday world, connect with the primitive, and tap into inherited memory. His working process starts with drawing to form the “birth point” of his ideas, sculpting intuitively from there.
Featured image: Matthew Ronay – STEMS TOPPED BY SIEVE PLATE, 2014. Basswood, dye, plastic, steel. 45.7 x 124.5 x 17.8 cm. 18 x 49 x 7 in. Photo courtesy Perrotin