Gary Hill is an American artist who was born on 4th April, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He was grown up in Redondo Beach. In the year 1964, Gary Hill became the national skateboard champion. When he was at the age of 15, he met the Artist Anthony Park who encouraged him to take up welding and sculpture.
Hill moved to New York State in 1969 and he attended summer session at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York. Hill has been using video works since the early 1970s to investigate the relationship between textual and visual representations.
In the year 1077, he moved to Barrytoen, New York with Dave Jones dn builds experimental video tools designed by Jones. He then again moved to Buffalo, New York in 1979 and taught at the Center for Media Study, State University of New York (SUNY).
He became interested in the possibilities of combining images, sound and language in the late 1970s. Exhibitions of Gary’s work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide also including the solo exhibitions at the Foundation Cartier pour I’art contemporain, Paris, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg to name some few.
In addition, his commissioned projects includes works for the Science Museum in London and the Seattle Central Public Library in Seattle, Washington and an installation and performance work for the Coliseum and Temple of Venus and Rome in Italy.
Prior to that, he is the recipient of many awards. He had received a Japan/United States Exchange Fellowship in 1984-85. Later in 1998, he received a France/United States Exchange Fellowship completing major works in both the countries. In the year 1995, Hill was awarded the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale. He was also awarded the prestigious McArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1998.
In addition, he had also been awarded the Kurt-Shwiters-Preis in 2000, a Skowhegan Medal for Video Installation in 2003, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa of The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland in 2005. Besides, selected books on his work includes An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings, by George Quasha and Charles Stein, Gary Hill: Selected Works and catalogue Raisonne which was edited by Holger Broeker, Gary Hill: Around & About: A Performative View and Gary Hill edited by R
obert C. Morgan.