A native of Iowa, Robert Kuester, spent two years at Drake University, and went on to obtain a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Living in New Mexico since 1986, Robert paints still life, landscapes, figures and commissioned portraits in oils only.
I create paintings with strong and lasting artistic quality. I believe that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. My hope is that others will see and feel the beauty I have found or created in my subjects. I am not a photo realist, but rather begin with the randomness of nature, subtly transforming it into a heightened state of beauty and permanence through organization and design.
As an Alla Prima painter, I love the beauty of brushwork, exploiting it for its own sake while the image manifests as a believable representation of my subject. I also believe in the experience of Plein Air painting for developing a real depth of understanding the landscape.
I studied for two years at Drake University in Iowa, after which I received my BFA at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In 1986 I left a successful career in illustration in Detroit and moved to New Mexico with my wife and daughter - also gifted artists – to pursue my dream of working exclusively as a painter.
Further studies with painters such as Ovanes Berberian, Michael Lynch, and Irby Brown have helped me develop my current style, technique and mastery of medium.