Robert Yarber is active/lives in Pennsylvania. Robert Yarber is known for surreal action genre and figure painting, teaching.
Biography from the Archives of askART
An oil painter of action figure and genre paintings in luminous colors,
Robert Yarber is very interested in "the convergence of traditional
arts with new media", (Bowles) and he often utilizes digital imaging
with his painting.
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Yarber was born in Dallas, Texas and earned a BFA degree in painting in
from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York
City. In 1974, he received an MFA in painting from Louisiana
State University in Baton Rouge. Exhibition venues
have included New York, San Francisco, and Prato and Sarnico, Italy, as
well as locations in Russia, France, Germany and Brazil. His first
exhibition was in Los Angeles. In 1988, he had a solo exhibition,
Robert Yarber paintings 1980-1988" at the Palmer Museum of Art at
University Park, Pennsylvania.
Yarber is also an art instructor and has been in residence at New York
University, the University of California at Berkeley, and The
University of Texas at Austin. In 1994, he joined the faculty of
Penn State University and teaches drawing, painting and a seminar of
critical theory. In 2003, he became Distinguished Professor
of Art at Penn State, the first person at that institution to receive
Many of his early paintings have "stubby cartoon figures floating or
falling through the night sky over garishly illuminated skylines" and
suggest "out-of-body-states: the ecstasy of love, the freedom of
disembodied spirit, the nightmare of free fall." In the late
1990s, his approach began to change, whereby he used "digitally
manipulated imagery applied by ink jet to canvas" on which he
paints. His work seems more photographic, which makes them more
disturbing real as they are propelled "from the realm of dream into a
strange netherworld between artifice and actuality." (Heartney)
Subjects include allegorical religious images, science fiction, body snatching as part of courtship and alien abduction.
Eleanor Heartney, "Robert Yarber at Sonnabend", Art in America, February 1999, p. 106
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