b. 1948, d. 2013
School of Visual Art in New York
Lives and works in New York
Ronnie Cutrone was Andy Warhol's closet assistant at the factory from 1972 until 1980. Cutrone worked with the pioneer of Pop during what is arguably Warhol's most celebrated period.
Cutrone was famous for painting the icons of American popular culture, from cartoon characters to flags and commercial logos. The artist uses this iconography as a symbolic language, to explore the American society and the behaviour of human nature. The artist explained, "Since, I began seriously painting animated characters into my work in 1982, I have always sought to create universal language. A visual language by which all who see it may immediately understand its meaning. For me this is the essence of all POP or 'Popular Art'. The cartoons, representing human nature are a vehicle that allows me to observe and comment on the social and political implications of our world. The fields through which they move in my work have been flags and almost anything else that I can paint on".
Cutrone's work is held in important public and private museum collections across the world including; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Rudolf Zwirner, Colonia; Morton G.Neumann Family Collection, Chicago; Groninger Museum, Groningen; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; Museum Ludwig, Colonia; Mar. Martin Z., Margulies (Florida); The Eli Broad Family Foundations, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles