Sculptor, installation artist and relational artist Andrea Zittel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture from San Diego State University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
In the early 1990s she first established herself on the art scene in New York. One of her most visible projects was "A-Z East," a small row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., that she turned into a showroom testing grounds for her prototypes for living. In 2000 she moved to the West Coast, eventually settling in the high desert region next to the Joshua Tree National Park.
Zittel has also organized "High Desert Test Sites," "a series of experimental art sites" that "provide alternative space for experimental works by both emerging and established artists" and the "smockshop," "an artist-run enterprise that generates income for artists whose work is either non-commercial, or not yet self-sustaining" by selling smocks.
Zittel has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta X, Skulture project in Munster, Germany, and the Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2004). She is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, Regen Projects in Los Angeles, Sadie Coles HQ in London, Massimo De Carlo in Milan and Sprueth-Magers in Berlin.