Ronnie Wood was born in 1947 in Middlesex, England, into a musical and artistic family. Before embarking upon a legendary musical career, Wood received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London.
Over the years, the artist and the musician have almost become inseparable. As his musical career progressed, Ronnie continued to nurture his passion for painting and drawing: his subjects ranging from band members and musicians he admired, knew and sometimes played with, to family and close friends – and of course, the self-portrait. It is as natural to find him with a pencil as with a guitar, drawing portraits of contemporaries and finding inspiration from his musical influences.
Whilst touring North America in the early 1980s, Wood produced his first prints: three woodcuts and a series of monotypes. During this decade, Ronnie was not yet an experienced printmaker so it was with great enthusiasm that he seized the opportunity to spend several months working in a professional printmaking studio in England. From then on, the artist and musician has devoted a considerable amount of time to printmaking, producing a number of images which utilise a variety of techniques, including etching, dry point, screen-print and woodcut.
Over the years, Wood’s work has been widely exhibited across North and South America, the Far East and throughout Europe. Notably, the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil held a major retrospective of his work in 1996, whilst The Butler Institute of American Art hosted an exhibition of his paintings and works on paper in 2010. Since this time, Wood has continued to hone his artistic talent and has released numerous images representing his musical and non-musical life.