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Robert Wilson Artist Robert Wilson

Born in Waco, Texas, Wilson was educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, where he took an interest in architecture and design. He studied painting with George McNeil in Paris and later worked with the architect Paolo Solari in Arizona. Moving to New York City in the mid-1960s, Wilson found himself drawn to the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham, among others artists. He has been involved in developing innovative theatrical and musical productions in the US, Europe and South America. Over the last two decades Wilson has brought his creativity to the standard dramatic and operatic repertoire. He has designed and directed operas at houses such as La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Zürich Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Houston Grand Opera.

While known for creating highly acclaimed theatrical pieces, Wilson's work is firmly rooted in the fine arts. His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings.

A recipient of two Rockefeller and two Guggenheim fellowships, Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including the Premio Abbiati from the Italian Music Critics Association in 1994; two Italian Premio Ubu awards (1994 and 1992); the Golden Lion Award for Sculpture of the Venice Biennale (1993); and the 1990 German Theatre Critics Award for The Black Rider.

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