Ugo Rondinone was born in Brunnen, Switzerland. He is a mixed-media artist whose work often features bright colours, reminiscent of the signs seen at fun-fairs and carnivals. Such works, however, resist a direct interpretation, and invite the viewer to make a reflective response. Contrast and paradox are a frequent feature of Rondinone’s creations, evident in the 2015 work ‘clouds + mountains + waterfalls’. The boundaries between fiction and reality are often taken as a source of artistic enquiry. Rondinone studied at Vienna’s Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst between 1986 and 1990.