ROBERT GOLDMAN BIOGRAPHY
Robert Goldman, was born 1948 in Illinois, and moved in 1950 to Los Angeles, California. Since the family already had an interest in art, it was no surprise that Robert wanted to be an artist at an early age. He loved to read art books, go to art museums and look at the art his mother and older brother were creating. Both Robert and his younger brother Ken would draw, paint and study everything in sight.
In 1967 Robert relocated to San Diego, California where he graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in visual Arts. The emphasis at UCSD was on “cutting edge” art, and in order to make a living at art, his brother Ken suggested studying commercial art at San Diego City College. This practical art education helped him land a job at a San Diego advertising agency. In 1976, Robert felt a need for further art training, and applied to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he was accepted with advanced standing into the sixth semester. Two years later he returned to San Diego where he continued to show his work in galleries, paint murals with his brother, do architectural rendering for construction firms, and various odd jobs. In 1978 a good friend gave him a French easel loaded with paints. This act of generosity sent him on his current interest in plein air painting. Robert developed a solid reputation in San Diego as a landscape painter, with numerous one-man gallery shows.
In 1993, after twenty-five successful years in San Diego, Robert and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona. Although the transition from ocean to desert was challenging at first, he has adjusted. In addition to painting, he contributes to the Tucson art community through teaching and working as a Tucson Museum of Art docent. He is a Signature member and Founding member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS).
Two of Robert’s landscape paintings were accepted into the top 50 and top 100 for the 2007 Paint America National Parks show. Recently one of his paintings was accepted into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Show in Santa Barbara, California. He received two first places and one second place in the last three TPAPS competitions. Robert also received a top award at the Lana International Water Media Competition in San Francisco, California, juried by Wayne Thiebaud. In addition, his paintings are included in the recently published book, "Land of Sunlight - Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County" by James Lightner. Robert's paintings are included in the book "Painting Impressionist Color Any Style, Any Medium", by Lois Griffel.
Robert's work was recently exhibited at the Kolb Studio at the Grand Canyon, and the St. George Art Museum in St. George, Utah.
Two of Robert's works are included in the Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale.
Best Of Show '09 Tubac Center For the Arts Members Juried Show.
Robert's painting "November in La Jolla" was accepted into the 2010 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. Two of Robert's paintings in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon Association are located in the Salon Room of the Kolb Studio. Robert was invited to have a one man retrospective show at the University of Arizona Student Union Galleries in Oct 2011.
Robert sells his work nationally and internationally and continues to study and develop as an artist. He has taken workshops with Ray Vinella, John Asaro, Wolf Kahn, Wayne Thiebaud, Jove Wang, Matt Smith, Phil Starke, Ray Roberts, and Romel De La Torre.
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