Robert Janz (b. 1932), a performance artist and a painter, was born in Belfast and is one of Ireland’s most celebrated living artists. Many of his works address environmentalism through explorations of motion and transience, blurring the line between visual and performance arts. His pieces change, evaporate, and deteriorate, either literally or sequentially, in order to call attention to impermanence and awareness of humanity’s often devastating effect on the environment. Janz and his works can been seen regularly in New York City, Los Angeles, and Dublin. He was in residence at the John David Mooney Foundation in Chicago during March 2012, following residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.