Andy Robert is a painter who balances abstraction with recognizable imagery, and enjoys the experimentation and tinkering that comes with painting pictures. His work relies on the idea that images are to be bent and folded, taken apart and put back together again; a belief that art is a philosophical means to look at and examine things—to question, test ideas, and engage with the world. And that in painting a picture something is being taken apart to put back together; there is an inherent risk in breaking it. And as a Haitian-American immigrant and painter, Robert views the world critically as a contradiction of mass-communication and increased voicelessness. Robert lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Significant group shows and solo exhibitions include Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2020); Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles (2019); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2018); and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2016).
Recent grants, awards, and residencies include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, New York (2020); MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire (2020); Foundation for Contemporary Arts Roy Lichtenstein Award, New York (2019); The Studio Museum Harlem Artist-in-Residence, New York (2016–2017); Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency, Skowhegan, Maine (2016); and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (2015).
His work is included in the permanent collection of the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago.