Robert Peterson is a contemporary artist currently living and working in Lawton, OK. Peterson, born in 1981 picked up a paintbrush for the first time in June of 2012. Although completely self taught Robert has exhibited his work in major US cities such as New York City, Chicago & Miami and enjoys the many commissions from celebrities, professional athletes and art collectors from around the world.
Robert is the true definition of tragedy to triumph and has set a standard of how talent breaks through whatever limitations life may bring. Robert’s career as an artist began a little over two years ago; finishing his first ever painting on the day he was told that a major surgery was required to improve his quality of life. Peterson left the doctors office that day in June of 2012 and purchased a $6 paint set and a $7 double canvas on his way out of the doors of the hospital. It was there that he discovered a new appreciation for life. Robert has always said "believe in yourself enough and eventually others will too" this is becoming very true for the young Oklahoma artist as people everywhere are starting to pick up on his work.
"I try to connect to the canvas and the picture, I want to bring life to each new piece. When I paint, the canvas becomes my voice.” Robert said.
Peterson said he'll never forget when R.L. Sparks, who helped to enlarge the awareness and importance of Andy Warhol works purchased a few of his paintings at a his debut art show in NYC in March of 2013. Peterson also participated in Art Basel Miami 2013 where celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Tyson Beckford and producer Gil Green where all in attendance along with two of his favorite photographers Jonathan Mannion and Esdras “PhotoTea” Thelusma to help support his Art Basel debut.
Peterson’s raw and almost instinctual works are now collected by collectors and fans of his spontaneous abstract portraits worldwide, including professional athletes Darrell Revis, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer and Floyd Mayweather as well as celebrities like platinum recording artist Lil Wayne,Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Nike Australia and other art collectors from around the world. Robert has been featured on MTV.com, Hot97.com's artist to watch as well as GlobalGrind.com, NYC ABC 7 news, Huffington Post and several other blog sites as well as local news and papers. Most recently Robert entered his painting Lost Queen into Bombay Sapphires Artisan Series competition where he placed first in the New York region and fourth over all in the nation out of all entries by online voting.