Charles Roger Grooms, known as Red Grooms (because of the color of his hair), is a multifaceted artist: painter, sculptor, graphic artist, writer, filmmaker, director of theater. In addition, he creates “installations” which marks our time (including “The City of Chicago” in 1967 and “Ruckus Manhattan” in 1975-76). Born in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) in 1937, he has a benevolent and burlesque vision of the world and brings his exuberant colorful and humorous world in all these areas of intervention. His painted-sculptures represent the people without “degrees” from New York or Paris, with their small businesses and their daily habits. At an early age, he paints, studies at the Art Institute of Chicago then at the Peabody University in Nashville. He settles down in New York in 1956 to pursue his studies. New York becomes both his house and one of his greatest sources of inspiration (Nowadays he still lives and works there). Although deeply rooted in American culture, the work of Red Grooms is a humorous appreciation of human nature universally understood. His work is being exhibited in the U.S.A, in Europe or Japan and is present in museum collections of primary importance.
Bibliography : « Red Grooms : The Graphic Work », Walter Knestrick et Vincent Katz, Ed. Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2001
Commodore Vanderbilt 1994 Original etching and aquatint, signed and dedicated in pencil by the artist. Pace Editions, New York.