Ron Kent is an artist who is constantly challenging preconceptions by exploring new mediums and approaches. While he is known to many as a master craftsman in the realm of wood art, with work in leading museums from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to The Louvre, he has never accepted that he should be limited to any particular medium, process or form. The currents in the artists work can be traced back to when he and his wife were starting out and he designed and built the furniture for their first apartment. Soon after, he won an award for a small futuristic sculpture, featuring nine tiny neon bulbs blinking at random, presented on a mirrored base, framed in spalted wood in an acrylic case. While the furniture was the beginning of a relationship with wood and the challenges of craftsmanship, the sculpture made clear that the artist was interested in a progressive exploration of self-expression.
Born in Chicago in 1931, Ron Kent currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent has presented his works to the Pope, three US presidents and two supreme court justices, as well as Emperor Akihito of Japan.