Robert Mangold was born in 1937 in North Tonawanda, New York. Mangold was one of the founding members of the Minimalist movement in the 1960s.
In 1997, critic Michael Kimmelman wrote that Mangold’s paintings “are more complicated to describe than they seem, which is partly what’s good about them: the way they invite intense scrutiny, which, in the nature of good art, is its own reward.” Mangold’s work questions the boundaries of the definition of art, appearing often as objects rather than images. His quiet, subtle works utilize geometric forms and place equal emphasis on all parts of the canvas, rather than creating a central visual focus point.
In 1967, Mangold won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and in 1969, a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been featured in the Whitney Biennial four times in 1979, 1983, 1985, and 2004. His works are included in many museums including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Collection (London). He is represented by The Pace Gallery. Mangold lives and works in upstate New York.