Rob Wynne (American, b.1950) uses visual syntax to explore the implications and irony of concept and language. In the 1970s, Wynne was closely associated with the Fluxus movement via his mentor Ray Johnson, a seminal figure of Neo-Dada. His continued use of the double entendre stems from his Duchampian roots. Rob Wynne’s work is embedded with direct allusions to literature, television, and conversations. He collects and isolates these allusions to develop contrasts within the confines of his signature aesthetic.

In the exhibition IN COG NITO, presented at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, in 2011, this conceptual dialogue is conveyed in his poetic arrangement of large hand-poured letters of mirrored glass to denote borrowed thoughts. Wynne’s wordplay was also present early on in his solo shows around the world. At the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City in 1995, his exhibition, Sleepwalking, was composed of found images, quotes, and the Latin names of the butterfly emblems that enveloped the installation. He has also had exhibitions at Galerie Pierre Nouvion in Monaco, where he showed Word Pictures and Silhouettes, as well as at Galerie Oliver Schweden in Munich, Germany, where he exhibited Afterglow.

Wynne’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Fondation d’Art Contemporain Guerlain, Paris, France; and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

Wynne currently lives and works in New York.


Born in New York, NY
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Currently lives and works in New York, NY


Rob Wynne Exhibitions in 2013:
REMEMBER ME, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
Something about a Tree, The Flag Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Rob Wynne: The Lure of Unknown Regions Beyond the Rim of Experience, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibition)
The Green Ray, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids & Japanese Bridges, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
IN COG NITO, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Rob Wynne: Like the Flickering of a Candle, Locks Gallery
Installation, DIOR, Paris, France
JGM.Galerie, French Kiss, Rob Wynne Curator
JGM. Galerie (solo)
ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany, "Gluck/Luck"
Kunsthalle Luitpold Block, Munich, Germany, "Gluck/Luck"
Volume, New York City, "Reading:Material"
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, California, “NYPD”
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
“On the Wall” (catalogue)
Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York City, “launched”
Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Allemagne, « Selected Works » (solo)
Galleria D’arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy, “Officina/America” (catalogue)
Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland, “Portraits”
Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Genève, Suisse (solo)
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, « Rob Wynne: New York » (solo)
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, « Rob Wynne: a Careless Rendez-vous » (solo)
Galeria Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix, Mexico City, Mexico, “Contemporary Artists, Contemporary Weaving: New Works from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca”
Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York City, “Rob Wynne and Elisabeth Kley”
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, “Reflection”
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, « Breathe » (solo)
Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Allemagne, « Rob Wynne: Thread Drawings, Glass & Ceramic Sculptures » -solo
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, « You’re Dreaming » -solo
Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris, France « Rob Wynne: Photographs and Wallpaper »(solo)
JGM. Galerie, Paris, France, «Rob Wynne: Glass Sculpture and Words Drawings » -solo
Galerie Françoise E.S.F. , Lutherville, Maryland, « Tell me Whom You Love and I’ll Tell You Who You Are » (solo)
Galerie Olivier Schweden, Münch, Allemagne. (solo)
Galerie Pierre Nouvion, Monaco, « Word Pictures and Silhouette » (solo)
Galerie Malka Lallouz, Los Angeles -solo
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, « Sleepwalking » (solo)
Allez les filles, Columbus, Ohio, « Butterflies » (solo)
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, « Window-Shopping » (solo)
Harcus Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (solo)
Patricia Hamilton Gallery, New York City (solo)
Patricia Hamilton Gallery, New York City (solo)
The Kitchen, New York City, “Sphere Redux” (installation) (solo)