Ron Gorchov is a contemporary American artist known for his rich coloured painting on saddle shaped supports. Born in 1930 in Chicago, he briefly studied at the University of Mississippi in 1947 before returning to Chicago and completing his studies at the Roosevelt College and Art Institute.
Bridging sculpture and abstract painting, Ron Gorchov has developed a singular artistic vocabulary over his decades of practice. He was able to achieve a unique, concave surface for his abstract painting by stretching linen over wooden frame. Becoming his artistic signature, he has continued to use this shape for more than 40 years. In 1960, his work was showed for the first time in New York as part of the Whitney Museum’s Young America 1960: Thirsty American Painters Under ThirtySix. The same year, Gorchov had his first solo show with Tibor de Nagy Gallery, followed by two more solo shows in 1963 and 1966.
In the late seventies, he took part of a group of Manhattan based abstract artists, such as Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, Blinky Palermo and Ellsworth Kelly who rejected the rectangular canvas in favour of new shapes and configurations. Ron Gorchov belongs to a generation of painters who removed their canvases from the rectangular stretcher, seeking their tensions.
His work can be found in the permanent collection in New York of the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the MoMA PS1, but also the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Denver Art Museum, among others.
Ron Gorchov currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.