Nigel Rolfe is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners.
Born in the Isle of Wight in 1950, Rolfe has lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland since 1974. He has worked intensively and made significant contributions as an artist, curator, activist and scholar. Rolfe is an elected member of the Irish association of artists, Aosdana. His work—spanning live performance, photography, video and sound—has received international acclaim and has been presented in five continents, in more than 30 countries. Rolfe has created live performances throughout Europe, in the former Eastern Block, in North and South America, in the Far East—in China, Korea and Japan. De Appel in Amsterdam, Franklin Furnace in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London were early champions of Rolfe’s installation and performance work. Major retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum Of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Musee D'Art Moderne de la Ville De Paris. He has exhibited in the Dublin, Paris, Sao Paulo, Busan, Kwangju and Venice Biennales and presented in numerous international art fairs. Rolfe is represented by Green On Red Galleryin Dublin; Galerie Polaris in Paris; and Jayne H Baum in New York.