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Robbie Conal

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Ghost in the Nutshell (2000 Decade), 2007-08 (detail) Oil and Glitter on Photomontage © Robbie Conal. Courtesy of Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles
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Ghost in the Machine (70s decade), 2002-06 Oil on Photomontage © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Fishbowl (70s spin-off), 2003 Oil on Photomontage © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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The Devil, 1997 Charcoal on Canvas © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Contra Cocaine, 1988 Oil on Canvas © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Contradiction, 1987-88 Oil on Canvas © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Street poster created after the original Read My Apocalips, 2004 © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Street poster created after the original Achtung Baby!, 2003 © Courtesy the Artist & Track 16 Gallery
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Climate Change (Obama), 2008 © Robbie Conal
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Watching, Waiting, Dreaming (Gandhi, Dalai Lama, MLK, Jr.), 2008 © Robbie Conal
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Sooner or Later Everyone Needs the ACLU, 1994 Lithograph on Paper © Gift of Edward Hamilton and Pat Squires
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Craft and Folk Art Museum
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
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Patriot Inaction, 2005 Digital 24 X 37.25 in
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Mar Vista, CA
Works in
Mar Vista, CA
Schools
SFSU (San Francisco State University), 1969, BFA
Stanford University, 1978, MFA
Tags
Political, cartoon, mixed-media, figurative
Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016
This Machine Kills ____
Fine Art Complex 1101
Statement

Political artist Robbie Conal grew up in New York City. His parents were union organizers who considered the major art museums in Manhattan to be day care centers for him. He attended the High School of Music and Art, received a BFA at San Francisco State University in 1969 and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Stanford University in 1978.

In 1984 he moved to Los Angeles and began making satirical posters of politicians and bureaucrats who, by his acerbic standards, had abused their power in the name of representative democracy. Beginning with "MEN WITH NO LIPS" in 1986, he and his very irregular guerrilla army of volunteers have been putting up posters on the streets of major cities around the country. Since then, he's made over 60 posters satirizing politicians from both parties, televangelists and global capitalists-also taking on censorship, the Supreme Court and environmental issues.

The Washington Post has called Robbie, "America's foremost street artist". His poster art has been featured on "CBS This Morning", "Charlie Rose" and in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Interview, several European design magazines and numerous daily newspapers around the country. He's been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, a Getty Individual Artist Grant and a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Individual Artist's Grant (COLA). He was the subject of the 1992 documentary, Post No Bills. 

Robbie and his wife, movie title designer Deborah Ross, have produced two books,  "Art Attack: The Midnight Politics of a Guerrilla Poster Artist", HarperCollins, 1992; and "Artburn", Akashic Books, 2003, a collection of his work published in the alternative newspaper L.A.Weekly.

In September, 2006, Robbie was one of 112  participants from around the world in droppingknowledge.org's, "Table of Free Voices," in Berlin, Germany.Archived on:  www.droppingknowledge.org

Conal will be included in the portfolio Line Drive, published by Hamilton Press in October, 2008. This limited edition portfolio of 13 hand pulled lithographs celebrates the participating artists' love of baseball; artists include R.B. Kitaj, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Michael C. McMillen, and Raymond Pettibon among others.

Robbie taught drawing at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts for 12  years.

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