Born 7 April 1952 in Johannesburg, Rodney Place studied at the Architectural Association School in London (1972-1978) graduating with the prize for best portfolio.
From 1981 he lived in the North, South, East and West of the United States. He returned to Johannesburg in 1996.
Rodney Place’s multi-disciplinary and multi-media work focuses largely on art and urbanism, whether as satirical commentary, activism, or permanent installation. He works thematically with different elements making up a project, fashion, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, video and performance works.
Rodney Place makes large-scale sculpture/land-art/urban installations, such as The Lost World of the Pacific – Nowhere’s Arc (1996); Flight from Egypt (1997); City Bowl (1997); African Bowl (2001); New Skins-New Skeletons (2003), – as well as performance and video works – Couch Dancing (1996); The Washing of the Soaps (2000); RETREKS unSUNg CITY (2000); City without Walls (2004); Pole-Land (1st version 2005); F..klore (2006-). Retreks (1999-2002) explored emerging Johannesburg through four social viewpoints and Infections of the Void (2002-) bridges between the post-territories of South Africa and Central Europe.
Rodney studied at the Architectural Association in London, and has lived and worked in over 20 countries, presenting his work to a variety of audiences and at festivals worldwide. In 1982, he founded The Laboratory of Uncertainty, a ten-year collaborative project involving installation and fiction writing, offering studios as a visiting artist/architect throughout the USA and Canada. In 1996, he founded in Johannesburg, ZAR Works, an art, architecture and production company.