Urs Fischer is a Swiss sculptor born in Zurich in 1973. He studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich.
“I think art works best in people’s memories. For me, it’s not just the act of going to see it on the wall…in the memory, with all the things you’ve heard about it, all the stories, art becomes this great, rich, flexible thing.” Fischer’s works are eye-catching, unabashed, and simply impossible to confine under a blanket term or theme. His imagination is boundless – from a continuously melting wax version of Giambologna’s 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women to a demolished West Village gallery floor covered in dirt and debris to massive stock photographs of celebrities whose faces are covered by various foods. His work embraces sloppiness and spontaneity, and he chooses to generate his ideas from his materials rather than beginning the process with ideas in mind.
Fischer has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at the New Museum (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery (multiple locations), among others. He lives and works in New York.