ROT, Dieter

Dieter Rot (German-Swiss 1930 – 1998)

Dieter Rot, artist and writer, also known as Diter Rot or Dieter Rot, Roth. Born in Hanover, Germany, but moved to Switzerland 1943. Rot began to make drawings,  oil paintings  and prints in various media and to write poems. Dieter Rot became a graphic design apprentice at Bern 1947-51 and started to make his own experimental works, including his first baked sculpture , in 1954. He also experimented with Op art , first book with holes and first film. Rot lived from 1955-7 in Copenhagen, later moving to Reykjavik, Iceland. A pioneer in art, he made Kinetic pictures and sculptures, pictures made with half-tone screens, photograms, and had his first one-man exhibition at the Mokka Kaffi, Reykjavik, 1958. Dieter Rot received a William and Noma Copley Foundation Award in 1960. Rot briefly lived in the USA 1964-7, where he taught at Yale and elsewhere, and began making pictures and objects incorporating chocolate and other edible materials subject to decomposition.He produced a large output of experimental books and prints and made series of paintings and drawings in collaboration with Richard Hamilton from 1976 and prints in collaboration with Hamilton or Arnulf Rainer.

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