With sensitive, assiduous craft, Mr. Schmid paints people, city streets, and natural landscapes … He organizes these images into gridded compositions that have a moody, cinematic quality.
-Ken Johnson, NY Times

Roberts’ painting is beautiful – really evocative of dream space and the imperceptible slow/fast flow of time eddying around us.
Adrienne Ottenberg

“By the time I was six or seven, I had been drawing for some time.  My chosen artworks were IMG_0253abstract organic shapes, which I carefully colored in black, brown, navy and purple crayon.  My teacher organized a meeting with the school principal and my mother to find out if I was depressed or had some other problems.  I started using yellow, red and orange when I was at school, which seemed to appease them.  It did the trick.  I had developed a unique visual vocabulary that was totally nonverbal and difficult for others to understand. I was in my own world.”

Robert Schmid currently lives and paints in New York. He was born in Huntington, Long Island in 1947 and educated at Northport High School and Syracuse University where he studied chemistry and fine art. In 1969 he collaborated with Barry Bryant on a series of street paintings in Boston and New York which resulted in misdemeanor charges – and an order to repaint the street.  In 1969 Robert moved to Florence where he lived in the attic of a 13th century basilica, copied Leonardo drawings in the Uffizi in the mornings and sold them in the evening on the Ponte Vecchio. He spent the late seventies and eighties between London, Los Angeles and New York painting and running a silk screen studio.

The main preoccupation of his paintings is the relationship between art and science. He sees his paintings as a diary of experience and thought – the sorts of image and expression that defy verbal expression. Some random thoughts about his art can be found on his blog.


“Urban Intersection” Quidley & Co, Boston
CCCP North Light Gallery, Brooklyn
“New Paintings”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
“Somewhat Figurative”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
“Town and Country”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
“Robert Schmid”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
“Robert Schmid”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
Corporate Art Directions, New York
Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden
Basel Art Fair, Jane Baum Gallery, New York, NY
Miriam Perlman, Chicago
The Artist’s Proof Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Prints USA, Pratt Graphics Center, NY
Heckscher Museum, Long Island
A Clean Well Lighted Place, New York, NY
Bromley Gallery, England
Aberbach Gallery, London
Blackheath Gallery, London
Artworks Gallery, Los Angeles
East London Open Juried Show, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Blackheath Gallery, London
Heatherly Gallery, London
The London Group, Juried Show, Camden Arts Centre, London
Zella9, London


Dalai Lama/ Chief Joseph project, Long Island
X NIXON, Information show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
OXYGEN, New York Auto Show, NY Coliseum
Street Paintings (in collaboration with Barry Bryant)
Pink Street, Boston, MA
Black Street, Boston

Collections include

American Express
Burmah Oil,London
Glenda Jackson
General Electric
Roman Polanski
Scotts Riads, Marrakesh
Greg and Rosie Lock
Michael Frayn
Warburg Pincus
Wiley Publishing
De Cordova Museum