Self Portrait 2005
16" x 20" Oil on Wood Panel

Born in New York City, Robert studied at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His studies focused on figurative painting, artistic anatomy, and portrait painting.

Robert's creative works includes book cover illustrations, book and publication design, poster graphic design and figurative and narrative paintings.

At 14 years old Robert designed, edited, and published a limited edition arts magazine titled Reality. In addition to artist interviews, the magazine featured pen and ink illustrations, paintings and graphic stories by book illustrators and comic book artists, many of whom lived in and around New York City. Publishing the magazine gave Robert the opportunity to meet and talk with many artists, several of whose work he had been studying. Meeting Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta and Kenneth Smith was a transforming, coming of age experience that quickly propelled him into the artist’s life.

Moving from New York City to Santa Barbara in his early 20s, Robert worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in California. One of the more notable book projects he designed out west was the hardcover photography collection: The Mural Project, Photography by Ansel Adams.

In the latter half of the 1990s Robert returned to the northeast and lived in the Brandywine River Valley, west of Philadelphia. While there he created book cover illustrations and designed a range of non-fiction books primarily for Chelsea House Publishers in Philadelphia. Robert created a variety of book cover paintings. Subjects included portraits of Robin Williams, Will Smith and Ray Bradbury along with covers for Harold Bloom literary collections about Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell's Animal Farm and a Stephen King retrospective.

Painting primarily in oils, Robert cites several artists as early influences and creative inspirations; Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, Arthur Rackham, Michael Kaluta and Kenneth Smith along with George Tooker, Dorothy Hood (the Lord & Taylor's AD), Paul Cezanne, Georgia O'Keefe and Yves Tanguy.

Currently Robert and his wife Annette, an educational television director live in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. Robert is currently writing and illustrating an illustrated novel.