A realist painter with a unique approach to painting. Professor Emeritus from American University in Washington, D.C., Lewis also taught at Kansas City Art Institute, New York Studio School, and summers at Chautauqua Institute. Lewis graduated from Weslean University and has both a BFA and MFA from Yale School of Art. Lewis received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 and is currently represented by the Betty Cunningham Gallery in New York City.
“First I am controlled. Then fear of failure builds up. I look out at the landscape and ruin everything, Then I feel better and start over, on top of the mess I’ve made.”
An artist, writer, musician, and translator originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Robert received a B.A. in Architectural Studies and Spanish from Amherst College and soon began to work as a literary translator, focusing on contemporary Latin American fiction.
Robert learned photography using black and white film in the darkroom at age 13 and switched to digital photography as an undergraduate when he completed his thesis in which he used a combination of photography and writing to examine the subjective experience of architectural space. Many of his recent images continue to explore architectural subjects and grapple with the ambiguity produced in the compression of physical into illusory forms.
"I find that my photographic production is most intense during travel, when my documentary impulse combines with an urge to engage with new subjects and light conditions. "