Roman Signer was born in Appenzell (CH) in 1938. He lives and works at St. Gallen (CH). He studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich (1966) and Luzern (1969-71); Fine Arts Academy, Warsaw (1971-72). Since the early seventies Signer has focused his research on a new concept of sculpture, connected to process, transformation and movement.
He creates "experiments", actions and kinetic installations, for which he employs common everyday objects, natural elements like sand, water, wind, fire and real explosions. He documents his activity with films, videos and photographs.
Since the Eighties Signer has also realized public installations (among the most recent ones: 2x Stiefel, 2004, Munich; Koffer, 2007, Zurich; Wassertisch, 2008, Appenzell; Le Pendule, 2009, Nantes). He has participated in Documenta 8, Kassel (1987) and Skulptur Projekte, Münster (1997). In 1999 he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale.
Among his numerous recent solo exhibits are: Camden Arts Centre, London (2001); OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz (2005); Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2006); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2007); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Helmhaus Zürich, Zurigo (2008); Kunsthaus, Zug (2009); Swiss Institute, New York; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, (2010); Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City (2011); Hangar à Bananes, Nantes (2012).