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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

To see my most recent work go to rsart_ at Instagram – note the underscore. Also www.saatchiart.com/robertschmid

 

Robert Schmid says:

I paint pictures about ideas. I see my paintings as a diary of experience and thought – the sorts of images that defy verbal expression. I was originally trained as a chemist, but have always been interested in physics, and am fascinated by by the relationship between art and science. I have recently been influenced by the physicist Carlo Rovelli’s book Reality is Not What it Seems which explores the realm of quantum physics.

Early Life and Training

I was born in 1947 and grew up on Long Island and have been painting all my life. By the time I was six or seven, I had been drawing for some time. My chosen subjects were abstract 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.

I went to Northport High School then Syracuse University where I studied chemistry and fine art. In the late 1960’s I collaborated with Barry Bryant on a series of street paintings in Boston and New York protesting politics, the Vietnam War and pollution which resulted in misdemeanor charges – and an order to repaint the street.  Sadly, these are the things that I still protest about. Another public art project, much later on, was posting screen printed images of my heroes Chief Joseph and the Dalai Lama in public spaces on Long Island. 

1970’s and 1980’s

In 1968 I moved to Florence where I lived in the attic of a 13th century basilica. I taught myself to draw by copying Leonardo drawings in the Uffizi in the mornings and then sold them in the evening on the Ponte Vecchio. I spent the 1970’s between Italy and London, where I was represented by the Zella 9 and Blackheath Galleries. I also worked with Bernard Pratt of The Retigraphic Society on several suites of limited edition screen prints. In 1976 I moved to Los Angeles where I was represented by the Artworks Gallery.

In 1979 I returned to New York to continue painting and running a silk screen studio producing limited edition prints which were distributed by John Szoke. 

The influences on my work are many and varied; Renaissance drawing, popular culture, television and technology – and, of course, science. In New York I was represented by and showed at various galleries including,  Jayne Baum, Betty Levin, A Clean Well-Lighted Place on Bleeker Street, at the Heckscher Museum on Long Island and The Artists’ Proof in East Hampton.

After a serious motorcycle accident in 1995, I gave up screen printing to concentrate on painting. Between 2006-2008 I lived in Marrakesh but continued to be represented by Sears Peyton in New York until 2016.

Exhibitions

2017

Saatchi, New York

2012
“Urban Intersection” Quidley & Co, Boston
CCCP North Light Gallery, Brooklyn
2011
“New Paintings”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2005
“Somewhat Figurative”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2004
“Town and Country”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
“Robert Schmid”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2001
“Robert Schmid”, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
1984
Corporate Art Directions, New York
Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden
Basel Art Fair, Jane Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1983
Miriam Perlman, Chicago
1981
The Artist’s Proof Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Prints USA, Pratt Graphics Center, NY
Heckscher Museum, Long Island
1980
A Clean Well Lighted Place, New York, NY
Bromley Gallery, England
1979
Aberbach Gallery, London
1978
Blackheath Gallery, London
1977
Artworks Gallery, Los Angeles
1976
East London Open Juried Show, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Blackheath Gallery, London
1975
Heatherly Gallery, London
The London Group, Juried Show, Camden Arts Centre, London
1973
Zella9, London

Activities

1998
Dalai Lama/ Chief Joseph project, Long Island
1971
X NIXON, Information show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1970
OXYGEN, New York Auto Show, NY Coliseum
1969
Street Paintings (in collaboration with Barry Bryant)
Pink Street, Boston, MA
Black Street, Boston

Collections include

American Express
AT&T
Burmah Oil,London
Citibank
Glenda Jackson
General Electric
Roman Polanski
Scotts Riads, Marrakesh
Greg and Rosie Lock
Michael Frayn

Jo Paley
Warburg Pincus
Wiley Publishing
De Cordova Museum