Robert Puschautz

Robert Puschautz, Gold Leaf Gallery

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Robert Puschautz

I was raised in Chica­go sur­round­ed by beau­ti­ful ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Catholic church­es filled with epic murals, daz­zling stained glass, and provoca­tive stat­u­ary. This was my first expo­sure to the pow­er and won­der of art that formed my vision of the world and prompt­ed the first ques­tions I had about my Catholic Faith and life as a youth. My par­ents encour­aged all of my sib­lings to draw and work on art projects through­out our child­hood, so while I attend­ed North­ridge from 2002–2006, I paint­ed a mur­al in the weight room and cre­at­ed T‑shirt designs. When it came time for col­lege I decid­ed to major in Paint­ing and Art Edu­ca­tion. From 2011–2014, I taught first through fourth grade art at the Latin School of Chica­go while main­tain­ing a paint­ing prac­tice on the side. After teach­ing, I decid­ed to enter the Ravenswood Ate­lier in Chica­go: a stu­dio that taught the clas­si­cal method of paint­ing passed on from mas­ter to stu­dent from the Renais­sance up until the 19th cen­tu­ry. In 2017, I moved with my wife and son to Tyler and start­ed paint­ing full time. Since June of 2018, I was award­ed the Sta­bat Mater Art Fel­low­ship which enables me to cre­ate Sacred Art for the Dio­cese of Tyler under the direc­tion of the bishop.


Robert Puschautz
Visu­al Artist and Art Educator

Ravenswood Ate­lier 2014–2017
Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana/Champaign GPA: 3.5
Bach­e­lors of Fine Arts in Art Edu­ca­tion — Decem­ber 20, 2010
Bach­e­lors of Fine Arts in Paint­ing — August 5, 2013

2018 Robert Puschautz and Sharon Grimes: Artist Exhi­bi­tion, Goldleaf Gallery, Tyler TX, Novem­ber 7 — Jan­u­ary 10

2018 Cov­er Art for Catholic East Texas Mag­a­zine for the Dio­cese of Tyler The Real Pres­ence — Spring Issue 2018

2014 — 2017 Ravenswood Ate­lier Open House, Ravenswood Ate­lier, Works Exhib­it­ed: Life Draw­ings , Decem­ber 11

2014 Fea­tured Visu­al Artist for Dap­pled Things Quar­ter­ly — Vol­ume 9, Issue 2

2014 Pop-Up Art Gallery, Ek Auto­mo­tive, Chica­go, IL, Jan­u­ary 25

2012 Earth and Light: Recent Work, Gallery 2, Latin School of Chica­go, Chica­go, IL, Decem­ber 3–21

2012 Four Sea­sons Mur­al Exhi­bi­tion, Oak­ton Place, Des Plaines, IL Octo­ber 13,

2011 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free, St. Mary of the Angels Muse­um Room, Chica­go, IL, August 5–7

2010 School of Art + Design 2D Exhi­bi­tion, LInk Gallery, Work Exhib­it­ed: Self-Por­trait, Cham­paign, IL, Jan­u­ary 15–30

2010 School of Art + Design Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts Exhi­bi­tion, Kran­nert Art Muse­um„ Work Exhib­it­ed: Six Lives Came From One Bond, Cham­paign, IL, May 8–16

A paint­ing does not amount to being just anoth­er image. Rather it is a lan­guage unto itself which uses line, shape, tone and col­or to com­mu­ni­cate mean­ing, draw asso­ci­a­tions, and cre­ate metaphors. The focus of my paint­ings has always been an attempt to seize the super­nat­ur­al through the nat­ur­al. Paint­ed light becomes a metaphor for the Divine. Bib­li­cal scenes or fig­ures from Chris­t­ian tra­di­tion are all imbued with sym­bol­ic mean­ing and spir­i­tu­al sig­nif­i­cance. Most impor­tant­ly, how­ev­er, is the impor­tance of beau­ty in my work which is intend­ed to draw our hearts and minds the the uncre­at­ed beau­ty of God Himself.

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