robert cantor

Artist Bio

I have studied art and sculpture with Alan Kaprow (Rutgers University), Mogens Moller (Royal College of Copenhagen), and Jesus Mendes (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende); have enjoyed decades of continuous representation in several fine art galleries in California. My prize-winning work has been collected throughout the United States and he was awarded a coveted place in 2006’s “Best Artists of California.” Most recently, two of my bronze sculptures were featured at the prestigious National Sculpture Society’s April, 2022 exhibition in San Diego. I am also a clinical psychologist in San Francisco; was an Associate Professor at UCSF for 12 years, and have been in private practice for over forty years. In addition, I've published two books: “And A Time To Live” (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, “Of Struggle and Flight” (1990, Little Viking).

Presented here are examples of several series of stylized contemporary bronze sculptures arranged by theme (transcendence and joy, secret obsessions, themes and variation, melancholy, etc.) that attempt to express some thoughtful and heartfelt aspect of human experience. For me, the most moving of all sculptural forms are those that capture the psychological ambiguities, conflicts, emotions, and hidden meanings of everyday life.

“The Transported” series is an attempt to capture those rare moments of life when we have an extraordinary experience of some greater meaning or understanding. Art, love, children, nature, drugs, sex, meditation, purposeful work, and ecstatic dance are just some of the things that can induce such transcendent states. This series of stylized sculptures attempts to portray the spirit of these moments.

The "Anatomy of Melancholy" series consists of eleven pieces that portray the reflective nature of this familiar bittersweet experience. They start with the figurative, become more stylized, and finally evolve into more abstract forms.

The "Theme and Variation" series takes the evolution idea a step further by having the evolution of form take place in the same sculpture, including playing with images from Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Giacometti, Botero, and Maillol.

The “Secret Obsessions” series consists of six bronze sculptures in which I play with the concepts of persona, shame, loss, and exposure. The images emerged quite spontaneously but in making these forms, I’ve then tried to capture a distorted, sometimes humorous, but always faithful depiction of human character and experience; as in a dream when someone appears strange but recognizable, usually because some essence or private obsession is exposed.

In making all of these sculpted forms, my desire is to arouse something visceral; to comfort, to induce a chuckle, to invite reflection, and on occasion, to startle, to make the hairs stand up on your neck.

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