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I am a figurative painter drawn to subjects like clowns, circus freaks, and most recently male nudes, unconventional and sometimes unsettling imagery. In my work, I reference history and more particularly art history, and use a traditional technique of glazes on stucco. By layering my images, I want to create a sense of cross-cultural dislocation, a metaphor for the traditional act of painting in a digital age.
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An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Robert also studied in Urbino, Italy with Enzo Cucchi and Jannis Kounellis. He has received numerous awards in national juried exhibitions. He has shown at ArtPrize, and international art fairs in New York and Miami; Palermo and Florence, Italy. His most recent solo show was at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. He has received two fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, and has been published in the Chicago Reader, Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings.