Rob Pruitt is a contemporary American artist. Translating personal experience into broader political statements, Pruitt’s work is eclectic and ironic, often striving to achieve a spectacle while retaining a sense of social, cultural, or artistic critique. Perhaps best known for his Panda paintings, he creates large-scale canvases featuring pandas rendered in black-and-white glitter. Describing his own work as populist, Pruitt has said that his pieces are “basically blown-up versions of dining table craft projects.” He continues, “I’ve really enjoyed letting the world know that not everything is so mystified or so regulated to expertise—that you can make something really beautiful with a little ingenuity and some supplies from Michael’s.”
Spanning the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, and performance, Pruitt’s practice often bridges the gap between art and life, and has been met with both critical and commercial success. Born on May 17, 1964 in Washington, D.C., he went on to study at the Corcoran College and the Parsons School. He has regularly exhibited with Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Aspen Art Museum, and LAND in Los Angeles, among others.