Born and raised in San Antonio, Robert Wymer is an artist and a skilled antique restoration and fabrication specialist. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
Born into an artistic family, Robert is a third generation painter and sculptor. He gained an appreciation for creative pursuits from his grandfather who accumulated a vast art library and painstakingly taught himself technique and color by recreating works of masters such as Matisse and Rouault. He often chose works from Gauguin and painted them on burlap, as did the original artist.
Currently living in South Austin, Robert’s works range from allegorical paintings and abstract pattern studies to plein air landscapes from the Southwest and Mexico. He paints from real life, not photos, and uses acrylic, oil and watercolor.
Robert is an avid proponent of pattern language, a principle developed by architect Christopher Alexander and defined as “a method of describing good design practices or patterns of useful organization” as applied to art.
Robert says his work is “pictorial and illustrative, but also contradictory. It represents how my mind reacts to current culture.” He adds, “It is decorative, but aspires to intellectual weightiness.” He likes to demonstrate duality in his paintings, for example, showing the tension of technology and the bravado it can inspire.
Earlier this year, Robert completed a solitary sojourn to a Texas Catholic monastery, where he created art while on a silent retreat. He finished a number of works, some of them recently shown at an exhibit in San Antonio.