Urs Fischer Switzerland, b. 1973

As one of the most significant contemporary artists today, Swiss artist Urs Fischer (b. 1973, Zurich, Switzerland) creates works imbued with complex subtexts and a subversive sense of humor. Spanning a multimedia practice—from large-scale sculptures, photography, painting, and installation—the artist uses a diverse range of materials, processes, and concepts to explore and challenge the way we view art.

Embracing ideas from Dada, Pop, and Surrealism, Fischer’s practice includes familiar, everyday objects and images that are unexpectedly transformed into mines of visual information that are difficult to place and categorize. Through a distortion of scale, material, and display, Fischer playfully displaces these images and objects in an imagined space.

Fischer studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. He has had major solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the New Museum, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and more. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Pinault Collections; and more.

Fischer currently lives and works in New York, NY.