Rita Ackermann was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968. She moved to New York City in 1992 and quickly became associated with the edgy downtown scene of the early 1990s. Ackermann immediately began to receive attention for her work, which forged a new visual language that incorporated painting, drawing, and collage ranging from expressionistic brutalism to precise figuration. Her work explores the paradoxical relationship between fragility and violence, drawing inspiration from film, literature, philosophy, and pop culture. She was featured in the Whitney Biennale in 2008. Ackermann continues to live and work in New York City and is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery.
Rita Ackerman was published by Skira Rizzoli in October 2011, in close collaboration with the artist. It chronicles the entirety of Ackermann's career and features contributions from Bonnie Clearwater, Harmony Korine, Felix Ensslin, and John Kelsey.
Rita Ackermann is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art