Robert E. Marx

Life Dates:
b. 1925
Artist Biography:
Robert E. Marx, known as a painter and printmaker, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953. He has exhibited at the Franz Bader Show in Vienna, the International exhibition of Graphic Art in West Germany, and at the Smithsonian, among others. Much of his life has been spent teaching at various universities including Syracuse University, the Fulbright School of Art in India, SUNY Brockport, and the University of Wisconsin. His work has been honored with numerous awards, including the Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition award. Marx’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Robert E. Marx is part of a small group of important American figurative artists who comment on what it means to be human in an inhuman age. A kindred spirit with such great but often overlooked social protest artists like Leonard Baskin and Leon Golub, Marx's work speaks only to those who wish to be challenged by an artist's idea -- those who seek an intense and enduring dialogue with works of art. One of America's most important exponents of the north European expressionist tradition that goes back to Bosch, Grünewald, and Bruegel, Marx's work explores the futility of trying to bring universal order or give conclusive meaning to the human condition.