b. 1951, Israel; lives and works in London
2013 Elected as a Royal Academician
1997-09 Professor of Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London
1974-79 Architectural Association, London
1971-73 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Ron Arad's constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibilities of materials, from metals to composites, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of objects and buildings, has put him at the forefront of contemporary design, architecture and now art. In 2011 arad opened Curtain Call at the Roundhouse London, a suspended curtain of over 5000 silicon rods acting as a canvas for live performance, film and animation. For the Venice Biennale in 2013 he designed Last Train, subsequently echoed their every stroke, scratching their image onto a glass using a Steinmetz Diamond. And in 2016, he situated his 17m high kinetic sculpture Spire in the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard for the annual  Summer Exhibition, demonstrating his ever-protean practice.