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Robert Gniewek is a second generation Photorealist painter.  He paints American roadside culture from the late 1940s and early 1950s, and focusing on 'disappearing' parts of the landscape, documents small town cafes and diners, gas stations, and motels.  The artist’s approach combines warm and cool light sources – natural light with neon – for maximum visual impact.

As a Photo Realist, he uses three or four photographs of his subject as a source of information for his work.  The artist often revisits sites he remembers from earlier travels in preparation for each painting and, unfortunately, at times, he discovers the place no longer exists. In his paintings, Gniewek thinks that the images ought to be preserved because these places are an important part of America’s legacy.

Robert Gniewek was born in Detroit, Michigan.  He received his BFA and MFA from Wayne State University.  His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the country, and featured in Louis Meisel’s book, Photorealism since 1980.


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Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1979
"Urbanscapes - Detroit," Lee Hoffman Gallery, Birmingham, MI,
May 16 - June 16
1981
"Photo Realist Cityscapes," O.K. Harris West, Scottsdale, AZ,
May 4-30
1982
Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY, October 5-30
1984
"Photo Realist Cityscapes," O.K. Harris West, Scottsdale, AZ,
February 24 - March 24
1986
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI, November 7-December 6
1987
"Nocturnal Images," Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL,
March 12 - April 7
1989-90
"Nocturnal Landscapes," Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL,
December 8 - January 5
1990
"Nocturnal Urban Landscapes," Helander Gallery, New York, NY,
April 13 - May 10
1992-93
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Dec. 5-23 & Jan. 5-16
1993
Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1993-94
O.K. Harris/David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Dec. 2 - Jan. 29
1994
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, October 8-29
1996
David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI.
1997
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, November 1-29
1999
"Detroit Theaters Past & Present: Recent Paintings," David Klein
Gallery, Birmingham, MI, November 6-27
1999
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2000
"American Roadside Culture," Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM,
September 29 - October 19
2001
"Mid 20th Century Roadside Culture," Louis K. Meisel Gallery,
New York, NY, April 7-28
2003-04
"New Paintings," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY,
December 6 - January 10
"Recent Works," Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI, October 30 -
December 11


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1978
"Return of Realism, Part 2 - Detroit Realists," Meadowbrook
Gallery, Rochester, MI, November 19 - December 20
1979
"Urban Landscape," Detroit Artists Market, MI,
February 23 - March 26
1982
"Four Poetic Viewpoints," Detroit Focus Gallery, MI,
July 2 - 31
1981
"Gallery Group Show," O.K. Harris West, Scottsdale, AZ, Summer
1983
"Gallery Group Show," O.K. Harris West, Scottsdale, AZ, Summer
1984
"Gallery Group Show," Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD, Summer
1984-85
"New Realism," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI,
December 15 - January 19
1985
"Gallery Group Show," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1985
"Selected American Realists," Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD,
November 16 - December 4
1985
"Group Show," Zimmerman-Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN
1985
"National Midyear Exhibition," The Butler Institute of American
Art, Youngstown, OH, June 30 - August 25
1986
"Michigan Council for Arts Grant Recipients," Pontiac Art
Center, Pontiac, MI, May - June
1986
"Nocturnal Landscapes," O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York,
NY, April
1986
"Gallery Group Show," Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1986
"Views Across America," organized by the Museum of Modern Art,
Loaned to Pfizer Inc., New York, NY, Spring - Summer
1987
"Mainstream America - The Collection of Phil Desind," The Butler
Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, March 1 - April 5
1987
"Gallery Group Show," Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1988
"Four Painters," Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI, March
1989
"Gallery Group Show," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Summer
1989
"Gallery Group Show," Helander Gallery, New York, NY, March
1990
"New York At Night," Helander Gallery, New York, NY, January 6-30
1991
"Gallery Group," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Summer
1991
"Get Real," North Miami Center of Contemporary Art, FL, Nov. 21 -
Dec. 28
1992
"New York: City By Day/City By Night III," Gallery Henoch, New
York, NY, Feb. 11 - March 7
1992
"Photorealism From Nashville Collections," Cheekwood Fine Arts
Center, Nashville, TN, June 13-21
1992
"Photorealism For Nashville Collections," Cheekwood Fine Arts
Center, Nashville, TN, June 13-21
1992
"Fun & Games," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Sept. 12 -
Oct. 3
1993
"Photorealism Since 1980," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
April 23 - June 24
1993
"Arts Midwest Fellowship Recipients," MCA Gallery, Detroit, MI
1994
"Realism in our Time," Broden Gallery Ltd., Madison, WI,
April 22 - May 20
1996
"Realism '96," Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM,
October 18 - November 15
Robert Gniewek (Page 3)
1996
"Realism-Photorealism," Margulies/Taplin Gallery,
Coral Gables, FL
1996-97
"Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1997
"Ambient Luminosity," Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
1997
"Hot Time," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY,
June 7 - July 16
1997
"Realism Knows No Bounds," Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
1997-98
"The New Photorealists," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York,
NY, December 6-20 & January 3-24
1998
"Photorealism," Jaffe Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL,
February 12 - March 7
1998
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, October 10-31
1998
"Realism 98," Amarillo Museum of Fine Arts, Amarillo, TX
1999
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, April 3-24
1999
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, June
1999
"Photorealism - The Next Generation," Louis K. Meisel Gallery,
New York, NY, November 6-27
1999-00
"Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First
Century," Meridian International Center, Washington, DC,
May 21 - June 28, 1999; International Tour September 1999 -
September 2000: The Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam; The
Painting Institute, Shanghai, China; The Working People's
Cultural Palace, Beijing, China; The CIPTA Gallery, Jakarta
Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia; The Metropolitan Museum,
Manila, The Philippines; The Singapore Museum of Art,
Singapore
1999
"Realism Knows No Bounds," van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM,
July 2-30
1999-00    "See the U.S.A.," National Building Museum, Washington, DC,
November 18 - May 7
2000
"Real Illusions," van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2000
"The Photorealists," Center For the Arts, Vero Beach, FL,
July 22 - September 10
2001
"Near and Far," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2001
"This is America: American Photorealists," Aarhus Kunstmuseum,
Aarhus, Denmark, September 1 - November 25
2002
"REAL(ist) Men," Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and
Design, Sarasota, FL, January 11 - February 16
2002
"Urban Landscapes" Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY,
  March 2-23
2002
"Photorealism at the Millennium: New Generation Photorealists,"
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Oct. 5 - Nov. 30
"Culture Shock," Savannah College of Art and Design,
Savannah, GA, November 20 - February 3
2003
"Kaleidoscapes," Savannah College of Art and Design,
Savannah, GA, March 28 - May 19
2003
"Iperrealisti," Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy,
April 5 - June 29
2004
"The New Photorealists," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY,
  January 17 - February 7
2004
"Some Photorealism," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY May 8-27
2004
"New American Realism and Photorealism," Anthony Brunelli
Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY, November 5-27
2005/6
“Photorealism, Then and Now”, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Dec 8- Jan 9
2006
“Big Urban Landscapes”, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, April 29 – July 21
2007
“Realism Today”, Plus One Gallery, London, England, April 25 – June 2
2008
“Peter Maier and Recent Acquisitions”, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, September 3 – October 25


GRANTS AND AWARDS


1985-86
Michigan Council for the Arts
1988-89
Arts Midwest - NEA Regional Fellowship
1989-90
Michigan Council for the Arts


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


1978
Zucker, Helen. Review. Observer & Eccentric , Birmingham &
Rochester, MI, December 18
1979
Chargot, Patricia. "Portfolio - Robert Gniewek", The Detroit
Free Press , (Sunday Magazine), MI, May 20, pp. 16-19 illus.
1979
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, June 3, p. 12-C
1979
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, March 11,
p. 6-K
1979
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, June 10,
p. 6-F illus.
1981
Walton, Kelly. "City Lights", Scottsdale Daily Progress ,
(Weekend Magazine), AZ, May 1, pp. 14-15, p. 14 illus.
1981
Cortright, Barbara. Review. Scottsdale Daily Progress , AZ,
May 8, p. 49
1981
Miller, Marlan. Review. Phoenix Gazette , AZ, May 16
1981
Bush, Donald. Reviews. Art Voices , July/August, p. 81,
p. 82 illus.
1982
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, July 18, P. 8-D
1982
Darton, Eric. Review. East Village Eye , New York, November,
p. 24 illus.
1984
Miro, Marsha. "The Art of Detroit", The Detroit Free Press , MI,
February 28, p. 1-2-C, p. 1-C illus.
1984
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, December 23
1985
Cullinan, Helen. Butler Institute Review. Cleveland Plain
Dealer , OH, July 24, p. 8-F
1985
Abatt, Corinne. "A Fresh Glimpse of Reality", Observer &
Eccentric , Birmingham & Rochester, MI, January 3, p. 1-D
1985
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, January 5,
p. 5-C
1986
Meilgaard, Manon. "Moving Beyond Photo-Realism", Observer &
Eccentric , Birmingham & Rochester, MI, November, p. 6-E illus.
1986
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, November
1989
Wolff, Millie. Review. Palm Beach Daily News , FL, April 16,
p. A-9
1993
Birmingham Eccentric. Review. December 23
1993
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. "City Lights Inspire Glowing Work
from Robert Gniewek", The Detroit News , MI, December 30,
p.4-F, illus.
1994
Lynch, Kevin. "This Art's for Real, and Easy for the Eye",
The Capital Times , Madison, WI, April 28, pp.1-E, 3-E, illus.
1999
Gibson, Eric. Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the
, Meridian International Center, Washington,
DC, (International Traveling Exhibition) illustration page 40
1999
Hakanson Colby, Joy. "Detroiters Treasure their Screen Gems -
Artist Strives to Preserve the Glory of the Area's Old Theaters", The Detroit News , MI, November 3
2001
"Amerikanske Ikoner", Samvirke , Albertslund, Denmark, August 28, illus.
2001
Andersen, Trine Rytter. "Stort Show", Aarhus Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, September 6, illus.
2001
Nex, Jens. "En Tegner ser på Malerier af Fotografier", Aarhus
Stiftstidende , Denmark, September 6, illus.
2001
Lange, Steffen. "The American Way..." Midtjyllands Avis , Denmark,
September 15, illus.
2001
Melgaard, Max. "Jamen det er jo Amerika", Nordjyske Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, October 2, illus.
2001
Richter, Pia. "Natten Skal Planlaegges", Aarhus Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, October 12, illus.
2004
Paul-Louis Rinuy.
Corps et Sculpture; Traces, Moulages et
Empreinters du Corps dans la Sculpture de la Second Moitie du
XX Siecle.
CNDP, Paris, France, October, p.17.
2004
Cohen, Keri Guten.
Painter Projects a Multilayered Detroit", The
Detroit Free Press, MI, Nov. 21, p.4G.
2004
Windsor, Shawn. "Detroit is an Artist's Muse", MI, Dec.
6, p. B-1, illus.


BOOKS

1993
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism since 1980 . New York: Harry N. Abrams, 350-351
1996
Appleby, Arthur N. and Judith A. Langer. The Language of Literature .
Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, p.372, illustrated
1997
Bukowski, Charles.
Ein Profi (German text). Munich: Taschen Verlag,
cover illustration: "Chinatown No.7"
1997
Oates, Joyce Carol. Das Rendezvous Stories (German text). Munich:
Taschen Verlag, cover illustration: "Delft Theater"
1997
Franks, Martin (Producer). Audio Tape Cassette: American Short
Stories 1950 to the Present Day . England: Penguin Books Ltd.,
cover illustration: "Times Square, New York City, No. 2"
2002
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium. New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 125-130


Biography from Louis K. Meisel Gallery:
BORN

1951
Detroit, MI

EDUCATION

1973
B.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
1979
M.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

GRANTS AND AWARDS

1985-86
Michigan Council for the Arts
1988-89
Arts Midwest - NEA Regional Fellowship
1989-90
Michigan Council for the Arts

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1978
Zucker, Helen. Review. Observer & Eccentric , Birmingham &
Rochester, MI, December 18
1979
Chargot, Patricia. "Portfolio - Robert Gniewek", The Detroit
Free Press , (Sunday Magazine), MI, May 20, pp. 16-19 illus.
1979
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, June 3, p. 12-C
1979
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, March 11,
p. 6-K
1979
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, June 10,
p. 6-F illus.
1981
Walton, Kelly. "City Lights", Scottsdale Daily Progress ,
(Weekend Magazine), AZ, May 1, pp. 14-15, p. 14 illus.
1981
Cortright, Barbara. Review. Scottsdale Daily Progress , AZ,
May 8, p. 49
1981
Miller, Marlan. Review. Phoenix Gazette , AZ, May 16
1981
Bush, Donald. Reviews. Art Voices , July/August, p. 81,
p. 82 illus.
1982
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, July 18, P. 8-D
1982
Darton, Eric. Review. East Village Eye , New York, November,
p. 24 illus.
1984
Miro, Marsha. "The Art of Detroit", The Detroit Free Press , MI,
February 28, p. 1-2-C, p. 1-C illus.
1984
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, December 23
1985
Cullinan, Helen. Butler Institute Review. Cleveland Plain
Dealer , OH, July 24, p. 8-F
1985
Abatt, Corinne. "A Fresh Glimpse of Reality", Observer &
Eccentric , Birmingham & Rochester, MI, January 3, p. 1-D
1985
Miro, Marsha. Review. The Detroit Free Press , MI, January 5,
p. 5-C
1986
Meilgaard, Manon. "Moving Beyond Photo-Realism", Observer &
Eccentric , Birmingham & Rochester, MI, November, p. 6-E illus.
1986
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. The Detroit News , MI, November
1989
Wolff, Millie. Review. Palm Beach Daily News , FL, April 16,
p. A-9
1993
Birmingham Eccentric. Review. December 23
1993
Hakanson Colby, Joy. Review. "City Lights Inspire Glowing Work
from Robert Gniewek", The Detroit News , MI, December 30,
p.4-F, illus.
1994
Lynch, Kevin. "This Art's for Real, and Easy for the Eye",
The Capital Times , Madison, WI, April 28, pp.1-E, 3-E, illus.
1999
Gibson, Eric. Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the
, Meridian International Center, Washington,
DC, (International Traveling Exhibition) illustration page 40
1999
Hakanson Colby, Joy. "Detroiters Treasure their Screen Gems -
Artist Strives to Preserve the Glory of the Area's Old Theaters", The Detroit News , MI, November 3
2001
"Amerikanske Ikoner", Samvirke , Albertslund, Denmark, August 28, illus.
2001
Andersen, Trine Rytter. "Stort Show", Aarhus Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, September 6, illus.
2001
Nex, Jens. "En Tegner ser på Malerier af Fotografier", Aarhus
Stiftstidende , Denmark, September 6, illus.
2001
Lange, Steffen. "The American Way..." Midtjyllands Avis , Denmark,
September 15, illus.
2001
Melgaard, Max. "Jamen det er jo Amerika", Nordjyske Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, October 2, illus.
2001
Richter, Pia. "Natten Skal Planlaegges", Aarhus Stiftstidende ,
Denmark, October 12, illus.
2004
Paul-Louis Rinuy.
Corps et Sculpture; Traces, Moulages et
Empreinters du Corps dans la Sculpture de la Second Moitie du
XX Siecle.
CNDP, Paris, France, October, p.17.
2004
Cohen, Keri Guten.
Painter Projects a Multilayered Detroit", The
Detroit Free Press, MI, Nov. 21, p.4G.
2004
Windsor, Shawn. "Detroit is an Artist's Muse", MI, Dec.
6, p. B-1, illus.

BOOKS

1993
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism Since 1980 . New York: Harry N. Abrams, 350-351

1996
Appleby, Arthur N. and Judith A. Langer. The Language of Literature, Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, p.372, illustrated

1997
Bukowski, Charles. Ein Profi (German text). Munich: Taschen Verlag, cover illustration: "Chinatown No.7"

1997
Oates, Joyce Carol. Das Rendezvous Stories (German text). Munich: Taschen Verlag, cover illustration: "Delft Theater"

1997
Franks, Martin (Producer). Audio Tape Cassette: American Short Stories 1950 to the Present Day. England: Penguin Books Ltd., cover illustration: "Times Square, New York City, No. 2"

2002
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium. New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 125-130

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Albert Kahn Associates, Detroit, MI
Ambassador Bridge Company, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA
Arthur Sherman Associates, New York, NY
Brown, Wood, Ivey, Mitchell and Petty, New York, NY
Charles Levy Circulating Company, Chicago, IL
K-Mart Corporation, Troy, MI
Merit Holdings Company, Des Moines, IA
Michigan Bell, Detroit, MI
Plagens & Associates, Northville, MI
Vinson and Ellsins, Houston, TX

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