Born in Chicago (USA) in 1953. Lives and works in Los Angeles (USA).
More than any other contemporary artist, Charles Ray places contemporary reality at the center of his artistic creation. He began to work in the years when Minimalism and Body Art, presenting an abstract and performative representation of the body, dominated the art world. His figures evoke the distorted version of a reality that at first sight appears familiar. While these mannequins, apparently stereotyped, are often larger or smaller than real life, they maintain rigorous proportions. In fact, visitors approaching these sculptures perceive the inadequacy of their own dimensions. The alienating perception that we experience relating to the mannequins becomes a metaphor of our social relationships.