Robert Bauer was born in Iowa in 1942, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Work shown in the Academy’s “1967 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture” led to his inclusion in the show “Four Young Realists” at Kenmore Galleries, Philadelphia. In 1969, Mr. Bauer’s work was featured in the “33rd Mid-Year Annual” at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH. Following a number of solo and group exhibitions, his work attracted the attention of New York dealer Allan Stone, who collected and exhibited his paintings in the early 1980s.
Mr. Bauer’s work was selected for inclusion in the Janss Collection of American Realism, and was exhibited in that collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985, a show which later travelled to other museums throughout the United States. He moved to Boston in 1985 and began to exhibit there at the Thomas Segal Gallery in 1986. His work was first shown by Forum Gallery, New York in a group landscape exhibition in 1990.
Since joining Forum Gallery, Robert Bauer’s work has been exhibited in the Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery, the “1996-1997 Best of the Season” exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, and the “Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 1997. Portrait paintings were shown in “New Old Masters,” Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL, in 2005 , and in the inaugural portrait exhibition at the new National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC in 2006. In 2009 his work was included in “Enchantment: The Sixth International Distinguished Artist Symposium & Exhibition” at the Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT.
In addition, Bauer’s work has been regularly exhibited at major art fairs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York.
Robert Bauer is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment For The Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His paintings and drawings are included in private, museum and corporate collections in the United States, Canada and Mexico.