b. 1937, Philadelphia, PA
Lives and Works in New York, NY and Las Vegas, NM
Charles Ross graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960 with a B.A. in Mathematics and completed an M.A. in Fine Arts in Sculpture in 1962. Ross is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of a 1999 Andy Warhol Foundation Grant. His works reside in the permanent collections of numerous institutions internationally, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Most recently, Ross’ work has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Germany; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; and was included in the exhibition Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971 which traveled from the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Ross has dedicated his life and career to making art that responds conceptually to the effects of light, time, mathematical structures, and the formal and visual potential of phenomena. Charles Ross creates large-scale prisms to project the solar spectrum into architectural spaces; focuses sunlight into powerful beams to create solar burn works; and draws the quantum behavior of light with dynamite. For the last 40 years, Ross has been building the geometry of stars into his earthwork, Star Axis, now nearing completion in northern New Mexico.