Robert Scholten is an Australian artist, from Melbourne, who is a painter, printmaker, muralist and illustrator. Robert works in his own brand of abstract realism, where he conveys his observed experience by combining abstraction and figuration in layered, painterly compositions.
During his process, Robert freely plays with the abstract elements to create an exciting tension between the abstract and figurative, often working on location. He draws upon a wide range of influences, from art history to his mixed Filipino and Dutch heritage, and draws his subjects from the world around him.
Robert has created public artworks both internationally and locally, and has exhibited at galleries widely across Melbourne. Robert completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT in 2010 and an Advanced Diploma of Visual Design at Swinburne University in 2007.
2010 — Master of Fine Art, RMIT, Melbourne 2007 — Advanced Diploma of Visual Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne 2003 —Bachelor’s Degree of Information Systems, Monash University, Melbourne
2019 — Planet Robobop, Kingston Arts G2 Space, Melbourne 2014 — Latest Work, Gallery 9, Melbourne 2013 — Collective Momentum, 106 Gallery, Melbourne 2011 — Community Spirit, Toyota Emerging Artists, Melbourne 2011 — Drawn Again, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne 2010 — Drawn, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne 2010 — Heroes, 106 Gallery, Melbourne 2010 — RMIT Masters Graduates, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne 2009 — Traces of Being, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne 2009 — National Maritime Art Awards, Maritime Museum, Melbourne 2008 — Animal Tales, 106 Gallery, Melbourne
PUBLICATIONS & ARTIST TALKS
2018 — Poster Boy, full page article, St Kilda News, Australia 2017 — Drawn from Life by Helen Birch, Hardie Grant Publishing, Australia 2015 — Creativity in the Everyday, University lecture, Phnom Penh 2015 — Sketchbooks, Zupi Magazine #46, São Paulo 2015 — Artist feature page, Unleashed Wakeboard Magazine, Toulouse 2014 — The Art of Urban Sketching, Shenyang 2015 — Sketchbooks, Zupi Magazine #46, São Paulo 2010 — Sketches and Doodles, b* creative Magazine #9 2009 — Jikininki, RMSED Magazine, Melbourne
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2019 — “Planet Robobop: Imagine Nation” Temporary Art Installation, Kingston Council, Parkdale, Melbourne 2018 — “A Connection of Stories” Mural Art Installation, Birmingham PS, Mount Evelyn, Melbourne 2018 — St Kilda Festival illustration, St Kilda, Melbourne 2017 — “River of Voices” Mural Art Installation, Warranwood PS, Warranwood, Melbourne 2016 — Swinburne University, Mural, Melbourne 2016 — Freedom Machine, Car Design, Melbourne 2015 — Ock Pop Tok, Mural, Luang Prabang 2014 — Rasta Tree, Mural, Chiang Mai 2014 — Night and Day, Mural, Melbourne 2014 — Freedom Fighters, Mural, Melbourne 2014 — Creative Minds, Mural, Melbourne 2013 — Somachi, Mural, Melbourne 2013 — Tree of Life, Mural, Melbourne 2012 — Art Jam, Performance, Manila 2010 — Lake Attack, Art Facilitator, Manila 2007 — KPMG Global conference, Art Facilitator, Ho Chi Minh City 2005 — Charlie Chaplin, Mural, Osaka 2005 — Pierrot Harbour, Mural, Osaka
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