Born in 1930 in Chicago, Ron Gorchov studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago before earning his BFA at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1951. Tibor de Nagy Gallery gave the artist his first solo exhibition in 1960, and after a brief hiaitus from the art world, Gorchov completed his first “saddle” paintings in 1967, the artist's signature curved canvases that he would pursue in countless variations for the next fifty years. His work was selected for the 1975 and 1977 Whitney Biennials, and went on to be included in multiple exhibitions at the the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum.
Ron Gorchov’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Cheim & Read, New York (2019); Modern Art, London (2019); Maruani Mercier, Brussels (2019); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2018); Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz (2016); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2014); Centro Atlántico de Arte Modern, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2011); and MoMA PS1, New York (2006). Gorchov’s paintings are held by major museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; Milwaukee Art Museum; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. He lives and works in Brooklyn.