#009 – Ron English
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Ron English (born 1959) is an American contemporary artist known for his Pop Surrealist style and his subversive take on popular culture. He was born in Decatur, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.
English began his career as a billboard painter in the late 1970s, which would later inspire much of his artwork. He is known for his use of iconic characters such as Ronald McDonald, Mickey Mouse, and the Marlboro Man, which he distorts and subverts to convey his messages.
In the 1990s, English gained notoriety for his street art and billboard hijacks, which were intended to critique the commercialization of society. He also worked on various political campaigns, creating art that was meant to raise awareness and inspire change.
English's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and he has collaborated with many other artists and musicians. He has also designed album covers for various bands, including Korn and the Dandy Warhols.
In recent years, English has continued to explore new mediums and technologies, such as augmented reality, to create immersive and interactive art experiences. He has also worked on various social and environmental campaigns, such as his "Save the Bees" project.
English's work has been described as both humorous and critical, and it challenges viewers to reconsider their relationship with popular culture and the world around them. He is considered one of the most influential artists of the Pop Surrealist movement.