Artist Biography

Robin Collyer (1949- ) was born in London, England. His family immigrated to Canada in 1957. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) in the 1960s, and by 1971 he had his first solo exhibition at the legendary Carmen Lamanna Gallery (Toronto).

Since 1971, Collyer has exhibited sculpture and photography internationally. He is best known for his three-dimensional sculptures that use industrial materials, recycled objects, and images and text from advertising and media. His minimalist sculpture is created using geometric design, abstraction, and unadorned materials.

In his photographic works, Collyer often captures natural, urban, and suburban scenes, and uses irony and juxtaposition to show the impact of human beings on the natural landscape. Many of his photographs focus on language in media and advertising, playing with the unexpected appearance of words and phrases within otherwise ordinary environments. His sculptures reveal an ongoing interest in architectural form.

Robin Collyer has exhibited in galleries across North America and Europe. He represented Canada at Dokumenta 8 in Kassel, Germany, in 1987, and at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Collyer’s work is featured in numerous public and commercial collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Collection of France, and Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto. Collyer currently lives in Toronto and teaches in the Sculpture and Installation Department at the Ontario College of Art and Design.