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Robert Wallace

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Santa Ana, CA

Birth year

Lives in
Kyoto, Japan

Works in
Kyoto, Japan


USC (University of Southern California), 1993, BA

mixed-media, abstract


I am an American artist originally from Los Angeles currently living in Kyoto. I have had exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Kyoto. My paintings are included in private collections around the world.

Though I studied fine art at the University of Southern California, most of my early painting was done with aerosol on the streets of LA. I abandoned graffiti completely in 1995 when I moved to New York and began working in a completely new mixed media style layering paper and paint on canvas and wood panels.

The city and urban decay is a major influence on my work. I draw my inspiration from the urban experience, from the tension and madness of city life, and from the eroding and crumbling past of a city. For me, the thick layers of collage and paint in my work are like the stratum of a city, its history, its culture. 

My approach to art is similar to Japanese artist Sabro Hasegawa. He suggested that paintings are "controlled accidents", and are formed as naturally as rocks or grass. Like Hasegawa I prefer to let the paintings paint themselves. I don't like to manipulate anything. I try to employ the Zen concepts of wu-hsin and wu-nien, or "no-mind" and "no-thought" when I am working in the studio. I never know what I am painting until I am painting. I feel the most successful pieces happen by chance, without trying. They come without thought or planning. I embrace the accidents and mistakes of improvisation.

Recent Exhibits

Robert Wallace participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Under the Influence
Feb, 2015 be-kyoto 8th Anniversary Group Show
be-kyoto gallery
Oct, 2014 On Second Thought
Reata (Kyoto Seika University)
Jan, 2014 First Impressions
be-kyoto gallery
Sep, 2012 Go
Screwball Spaces
Jun, 2012 New Paintings
Oriens Living
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