Robin Rhode


*1976 in Cape Town, South Africa
Lives in
Berlin and Johannesburg
Works with

Robin Rhode melds a street-based aesthetic drawn from hip-hop, film, and sports with a range of art-historical and contemporary socio-political references. In his work, urban walls become canvases, static images are put into motion, and the artist or - his doppelgänger - becomes a performer and street interventionist. Rhode uses charcoal, chalk, and paint to create imaginary worlds on the sides of buildings and walls, replete with drawn images of bicycles, cars, television sets, and abstract geometric shapes. 

Working with a group of young South African collaborators to create his kinetic murals, Rhode, who came of age in the final years of South African apartheid, questions ideas of identity, social hierarchy, and access to art history.